The Derrick Rose rape trial seems to be heading into the regular season and the New York Knicks might not want a distraction. The latest rumors suggest that the Knicks should trade Rose to the Kings with Brandon Jennings ready to replace him as the starting point guard.
The Knicks traded for the former MVP this summer by sending Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant and Justin Holiday to the Chicago Bulls. Knicks president Phil Jackson was aware of Rose’s rape lawsuit before even making the trade and he was not concerned about it.
“We’re not concerned with it. We understand this is a serious subject we’re talking about. But this has to be done outside of our control. It’s something we can’t control. Derrick has expressed that he’s not concerned with it. I mean, he’s quite aware of it. It’s not keeping him up at night,” Jackson told ESPN.
However, Derrick Rose has missed several preseason games since the lawsuit was not settled out of court. The accuser is looking for $21.3 million in damages and the judge assigned to the case does not want to declare a mistrial.
According to Andrew Lynch of FOX Sports, the Knicks should get rid of Derrick Rose, not because of his rape case but he is just not that good anymore. He pointed out that the Kings are in need of a point guard as New York can live without Rose with Jennings ready to take over the point guard spot.
“With Rose starting, the Knicks will end up becoming the same old Big Apple embarrassment we’ve known in years past, wasting another year of Kristaps Porzingis’ career. Tell a team like the Kings that Rose is available and let them take on his expiring deal in return for an asset or two,” Lynch noted.
Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek has confirmed to Marc Berman of the New York Post that Rose will not return to the team until his trial. However, the trade rumors about him are just purely speculative and should be taken with a grain of salt.
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