“You can’t just put a rebounder that can’t shoot out on the court because it might provide a little bit of help on the rebounding end, but it takes away from what our strength is on the offensive end,” Ainge said. “We know what our weaknesses are. We’d like rim protection and rebounding. But at the same time we do like skilled bigs to play around our guards.”
March 23, 2017 | 7:33 pm EDT Update
Derrick Rose says he’ll prioritize winning over money in free agency this summer. “Not even thinking money. I’ve got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I’ll be all right,” Rose told reporters in Utah on Wednesday night. “I want to win. I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I’m at. But being at the negotiating table, you never know. I’m not going to negotiate with people where money is the No. 1 thing I’m asking for. I want to win.”
The Knicks, meanwhile, haven’t ruled out potentially re-signing Rose, a league source familiar with the matter told ESPN. He is among several point guards the club plans to target in free agency; the Knicks also could select a point guard with their lottery pick in June’s draft.
“This will be the first time I’ll be a free agent. I don’t know how that process goes,” Rose added. “After the season, me, my agent, my brothers, family will have to talk about it. Of course I want to be here, just being in this environment, being in New York, being at the Garden every other night — it’s a blessing. But, again, I have to really talk it over with my agent and my brothers.”