NBA Rumors: Jrue Holiday possibly replacing Derrick Rose as Knicks PG next season

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Phil Jackson not concerned with Derrick Rose rape case
Phil Jackson not concerned with Derrick Rose rape case

The New York Knicks were Top 4 team early in the season but they have faltered this December. They are heading into 2017 with uncertainties and inconsistencies. The latest rumors imply that the Knicks might replace Derrick Rose with Jrue Holiday as the team’s starting point guard next season.

Knicks have lost eight out of last ten games

The last two weeks of the season was something to forget for the Knicks. They have only won two games out of their last ten. They are in a five-game losing skid as they ended the season with four straight losses and started 2017 with a 115-103 loss to the Orlando Magic.

The main problem for the Knicks is their defense since they have three of the best scorers in the NBA: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose. Speaking of Rose, he will be a free agent this summer and the Knicks might not bring him back next season.

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A contract extension for Derrick Rose?

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks are at the point of the season wherein they have to decide if they will re-sign Derrick Rose to an extension or let him leave for free in the summer. In 29 games this season, Rose is averaging 17.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

However, Rose has not proven that he can be a great playmaker for the Knicks. His injury history is also something worth noting if he is a max contract player. The Knicks can always turn into free agency to find the right fit.

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Jrue Holiday available this summer

Begley also noted in his report that Knicks president Phil Jackson was very interested in acquiring Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans at the start of his tenure in New York. Holiday is a free agent at the end of the season and he is playing great this year.

In 20 games this season, Holiday is averaging 14.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He might not be putting up All-Star numbers but he is very solid at this point. He also does not have the same injury risk as Derrick Rose which makes him a candidate to be signed this summer.

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