Jerry Zgoda: Jimmy Butler today on former teammate/free agent Derrick Rose: “He’s going to help whatever organization he’s playing for. I’m not a GM, obviously I can’t sign him, but I’ve played with him and he’s a helluva talent. Nobody will say Derrick Rose doesn’t belong in this league.”
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On that same note, Taylor said the Wolves haven’t had any plans for point guard Derrick Rose joining the team now that the 2011 NBA MVP is a free agent. “If we could find the right person to fit into our team and have some ability to play, get out there on the floor, we are certainly going to look at it,” Taylor said. “We kept one slot open all year long just in case that possibility occurred. But as of today we don’t have anybody in mind.”
The Wizards are so short-handed in the backcourt right now that they’re almost forced to make a move of some sort; don’t think they’re worried at all about stunting Satoransky’s growth. But the latest whispers suggest that Rose is unlikely to go anywhere until after All-Star Weekend now that every team is moving into break mode. So it might be next week before there’s any clarity here. (The Wolves, meanwhile, will always maintain a level of interest in Rose as long as Tom Thibodeau is there, but it certainly raised eyebrows that Minnesota elected not to snag him off waivers when it had the chance.)
Marc Stein: With the All-Star break fast approaching, league sources say it’s increasingly possible Derrick Rose’s future won’t be resolved until after the break when teams resume practicing.
After a season in the China Basketball Association, guard Ty Lawson has emerged as a serious candidate for a deal with the Washington Wizards, league sources told ESPN. The Wizards are still considering several point guards, including Derrick Rose, Briante Webber and Ramon Sessions, league sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Derrick Rose has cleared waivers, league source tells ESPN
David Aldridge: Wizards likely going the 10-day route on a point guard for their last pre-All-Star game against Knicks Wednesday, per source. Top candidates include @SessionsRamon, Donald Sloan, @Briante Weber. Will look further into @Derrick Rose and others during break if still avaialble.
Washington has expressed interest in signing Derrick Rose or Ramon Sessions, who played as John Wall’s backup from 2014-16, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The Wizards’ front office has had recent conversations with Rose’s representation and has remained in contact with Sessions’s camp since he was waived by the New York Knicks in mid-January.
Washington remains more than $3 million over the luxury tax line, so the team will likely not engage in a bidding war to land any player. Before this season, Rose signed with Cleveland for the veteran’s minimum of $2.1 million while Sessions agreed to a one-year, fully guaranteed $2.33 million deal with New York.
Bobby Marks: Washington could put a waiver claim for the $1.5M Derrick Rose contract. The claim would cost the Wizards $2.4M in tax penalties, the same amount they saved when Sheldon Mac was traded to Atlanta. A rest of the season contract would increase the tax by $800K.
Adrian Wojnarowski: One team expected to survey the possibility of signing Derrick Rose, league sources tell ESPN: The Washington Wizards. John Wall still has several more weeks of rehab following knee surgery.
Marc Stein: The Wolves continue to have great interest in adding Derrick Rose and will explore the possibility of claiming the former MVP off waivers now that Utah has released him, league sources say
ESPN Cleveland: Windhorst: I don’t think even the #Cavs know what Derrick Rose’s future is. I think they are giving him space but plan to re-evaluate his injury next week.
With Phil Jackson and the triangle out of the picture, Derrick Rose wanted to return to the Knicks. But the feelings weren’t reciprocated. “From our side, we were just waiting to see what was going to happen. We didn’t hear anything. So with us not hearing anything, we knew they were probably looking somewhere else. And they drafted a point guard. Both sides were on two different wave lengths.
“I would’ve loved to come back. I loved playing there even though we lost,” he added. “The city itself, the fans, like everything about it. They made changes. Phil being gone, I would’ve loved being part of it.”
Marla Ridenour: More of Rose’s statement: “Being able to play with the #Cavaliers and compete for a championship is the only thing that matters for me.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Derrick Rose has communicated with LeBron James through the process that led him to the Cavaliers, league sources tell ESPN.
Rose chose Cleveland over the Lakers. He was also in discussions with the Bulls and Bucks. All of those teams could’ve paid Rose more than the league minimum the Cavs offered, though it is unknown what other offers Rose actually received.
Irving’s request to be traded was a topic of discussion between Rose and the Cavs, sources said, though they declined to say if Rose was promised a starting job.
Micah Adams: Derrick Rose was NBA’s 5th-highest paid PG last season. He will be NBA’s 55th-highest paid PG in 2017-18, between Cam Payne & Tim Frazier.
Manny Vieites: The Warriors and Cavs now have all the MVP winners from ’09-’16. LeBron (’09,’10,’12,’13), Curry (’15,’16), Durant (’14), Rose (’11).
Free-agent guard Derrick Rose has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources told The Vertical.
Rose met with the Cavaliers on Monday and committed to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal, league sources told The Vertical. Rose plans to have dinner with new Cavs general manager Koby Altman on Monday night and sign a contract on Tuesday, league sources said.
For years, Rose competed against James but both sides shared mutual respect and admiration, and a strong desire in a partnership that neither expected but have now welcomed, league sources told The Vertical.
Chris Haynes: Free agent Derrick Rose has reached an agreement on a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell ESPN.
David Aldridge: Sources confirm that Derrick Rose will sign with the Cavaliers (@Shams Charania first). One year for veteran minimum.
Shams Charania: Derrick Rose has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and completed his physical exam today, league sources tell The Vertical.
Free agent guard Derrick Rose is meeting with Cleveland Cavaliers officials in Ohio on Monday, league sources told ESPN. Rose has been engaged in serious discussions on a one-year, $2.1 million minimum deal with the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers pitched free agent Derrick Rose on winning now and going to the Finals for the first time in his career, which is something they can offer more so than any of the former MVP’s other suitors. A source close to Rose said the three-time All-Star point guard would make a definitive decision by early next week on where he would play next season.
“Derrick has said it all along, the kid just wants to win,” said a source close to him. “He’s got to look at the situation and see where is the best chance for that to happen. Going there (Cleveland) would give him a real opportunity to win. All the other things don’t resonate with him like the chance to win.”
Chris Haynes: Derrick Rose to have face-to-face meeting with Cavaliers in coming days, league sources tell ESPN. No decision expected until next week.
Brad Turner: Lakers meeting with Derrick Rose “went well” Lakers “did what they could.” Rose has to decide “what he wants.” Cavs want him too, source.
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: Derrick Rose completed approximate 3-hour meeting with Los Angeles Lakers. Both sides felt good about it. Deliberation time.
The Lakers plan to meet with veteran guard Derrick Rose on Thursday, according to league sources familiar with the situation. With career averages of 19.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting and 6.0 assists through eight NBA seasons, Rose would bolster the Lakers’ backcourt by providing both production and experience.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cavaliers have been aware of pending Rose meeting with Lakers, sources say. Lakers want to make a case over Cavs.
Brad Turner: Lakers indeed are meeting with Derrick Rose today in LA, per source. Lakers looking for backup point guard to play behind Lonzo Ball.
Rick Noland: Bucks, Clippers also interested in Rose
ESPN Cleveland: Windhorst: Derrick Rose to Cleveland is not a done deal but they are close to reaching an agreement.
The Cavs are believed to be offering Rose a minimum contract for $2.1 million for the upcoming seasons to play with Kyrie Irving in the team’s backcourt.
Brian Windhorst: Derrick Rose is in serious talks with the Cavs on a 1-year deal, sources tell @wojespn and me.
Jeff Zillgitt: While there’s mutual interest between the Bucks and Derrick Rose, no meeting is scheduled for now, I’m told.
Representatives for free-agent point guard Derrick Rose and officials from the Milwaukee Bucks are in discussions to schedule a meeting as early as this weekend, league sources told ESPN. Once a date is finalized, the meeting is expected to occur in Los Angeles, sources said.
To make room for Tim Hardaway Jr.’s $71 million deal, the Knicks renounced their rights to Derrick Rose, Sasha Vujacic and Ron Baker and rescinded Baker’s qualifying offer. They have agreed to a deal with Baker. That contract can now be for the minimum or for part of the room midlevel exception.
Mike Fisher: That Derrick Rose to #Mavs story was bogus. NY media silliness.
Marc Berman: According to a source, Dallas Mavericks, who drafted Dennis Smith Jr., emerging as “serious contender” for Derrick Rose.
Brad Turner: Do know DRose is top of Clips list
The Knicks have touched base with free agents Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Shelvin Mack. They were also in contact with George Hill and Darren Collison, but both guards signed elsewhere.
Ian Begley: The Knicks continue to be in touch with Rajon Rondo. ESPN reported on the first day of free agency that the Knicks touched base with both Rondo and Darren Collison, though there was no substantive conversation regarding either player. The Knicks have continued to be in touch with Rondo, sources confirm. But there is no scheduled meeting yet. Some people in touch with the Knicks recently came away with the impression that NYK didn’t have strong interest in Rondo. The Knicks are looking for a point guard to mentor Frank Ntilikina, according to sources. Derrick Rose and Shelvin Mack are other point guards on their radar. The Knicks heard from the Celtics, who are open to trading Marcus Smart. The club’s interest in Smart is not know. The Knicks’ most-recent contact with Rondo was first reported by Basketball Insiders.
Rose is still in play, but the Knicks have had only internal discussions about point guard Rajon Rondo and have yet to contact his agent. But they are monitoring the situation, according to a source. They have already contacted the agent for Shelvin Mack, the Jazz’s free-agent point guard. The Knicks are trying to find a veteran to mentor Frank Ntilikina.
Rose is still in play, but the Knicks have had only internal discussions about point guard Rajon Rondo and have yet to contact his agent. But they are monitoring the situation, according to a source.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Derrick Rose will meet with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, league sources tell ESPN.
Brad Turner: Clippers to meet with Derrick Rose Wednesday, per source. Clippers have $8.4 million exception left to spend.
Bobby Marks: Clippers have the full $8.4 mid-level but will be in the repeater tax if they use the full amount. Los Angeles is also hard capped ($125M).
While the Knicks wait to see Rose’s market value in their attempt to sign a veteran point guard, their French lottery pick, Frank Ntilikina, would be happy to have him as a mentor. “He’s the youngest MVP of the NBA history, I can learn from him,’’ Ntilikina said after missing his third straight summer league game with a knee bruise. “It would be good. He’s done a lot of things in his career. For sure it would be good. I’m not controlling what management is doing. I trust the management and the coaching staff to do what’s best for the team.’’
Gery Woelfel: Told by a Rose confidante that the veteran guard “wants to be in Milwaukee.” Bucks will have to make a trade to accommodate him, though.
Gery Woelfel: Derrick Rose, I’m told, met with Kidd and Horst and cast of other Bucks employees today in Milwaukee. Gathering went well, but no decision.
Ian Begley: Remaining FA PGs that NYK has reportedly touched base with: Rose, Hill, Rondo, Mack. NY didn’t have strong interest in Rondo as of yesterday
“He’s the youngest MVP of the NBA history, I can learn from him,’’ Ntilikina said after missing his third straight summer league game with a knee bruise. “It would be good. He’s done a lot of things in his career. For sure it would be good. I’m not controlling what management is doing. I trust the management and the coaching staff to do what’s best for the team.’’
Victor Sharma: Zach Lowe just said on his podcast that he believes the Knicks have a FA deal done with someone and they’ll announce it soon. Steve Kyler: They told a few agents they were closing in a deal with a guard – prevailing thought is either DRose or Shelvin Mack.
Ian Begley: Some with the Knicks are open to a Derrick Rose return, but it certainly isn’t unanimous — twitter.com/wojespn/status…
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Derrick Rose is meeting with Milwaukee Bucks officials today, league sources tell ESPN.
Mills is reportedly telling agents the Knicks want to go young. Smart. And one Knicks source claims that Mills is opposed to re-signing Derrick Rose.
Steve Mills is reportedly telling agents the Knicks want to go young. Smart. And one Knicks source claims that Mills is opposed to re-signing Derrick Rose.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reports that the Knicks have expressed interest in free-agent point guard Shelvin Mack, 27. Sources say the club also remains open to re-signing Derrick Rose. The Knicks would have about $15 million in cap space if they renounce their rights to Rose. That would allow them to sign free agents but would probably limit them to spending no more than $10-11 million on one player.
Ian Begley: The Knicks are among several teams to have contacted Justin Holiday recently and continue to have strong interest in bringing him back, per league sources. Holiday has drawn interest from several teams, including the Chicago Bulls, since the start of free agency. Holiday played all 82 games in New York last season and was one of the few players on the roster who was effective on both ends of the floor. New York acquired Holiday last summer in the Derrick Rose trade.
The Knicks have been in touch with Derrick Rose, Darren Collison and Rajon Rondo. Another option would be Shelvin Mack.
On Saturday, Hornacek punted on the topic of Rose’s free agency and conceded the Knicks are not in the market for a top-flight free agent. “I don’t know how much money we have, $16 million (in free agency), and these guys are making $30 million now, so if you look at it that way, it doesn’t look likely,” he said. “But there are good players out there that I’m sure they’re looking at to help us out.”
The Knicks have reached out to free agent point guard Derrick Rose, per league sources. Per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Rose is a serious option for the Knicks at this point because they are looking for a point guard and many of the top PGs are not on the board.
Michael Gallagher: Woj on ESPN: Knicks have interest in bringing Derrick Rose back.
The Knicks currently have about $15 million in cap space if they renounce their rights to Derrick Rose so they would been to shed salary to make a competitive offer for Holiday. They would also like to re-sign Justin Holiday.
Despite reports of mutual interest before Phil Jackson was fired, a reunion between the Knicks and Derrick Rose appears to be a long shot, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Rose is a free agent after a season with the Knicks that included several impressive offensive performances, but also spotty defense, lots of losing, a decision to go AWOL for a game and, ultimately, another torn meniscus.
The New York Knicks have “legitimate” interest in re-signing free agent-to-be Derrick Rose, league sources familiar with the matter said. Rose, 28, will be a free agent for the first time in his career after spending last season in New York.
Sources say the Knicks, like most NBA teams at this time of year, have discussed several different scenarios with regards to filling the void at point guard — both in free agency and via trade. The Knicks aren’t interested in paying large salaries for any free agent, which may be a sticking point in any potential discussions with Rose and his agent, B.J. Armstrong.
Armstrong told The Post no extension talks have taken place, but said he hopes a meeting prior to July 1 will clarify things. Rose, who never has been a free agent, is in Los Angeles, cleared for running and contact after knee surgery — his fourth — in April for a torn meniscus. “[The Knicks] just got done with the draft,’’ Armstrong said. “As the focus shifts to free agency, we’ll get down to talking, visiting with them in the next week or so and get ready for the next phase. They got a really good player in the draft.
According to league executives, because of his latest surgery, Rose’s market value likely dropped to the $10 million-$12 million range — above the new full mid-level exception of $8.5 million. The Timberwolves could have as much as $18 million in cap room, but Thibodeau wants to use it on at least two free agents.
Ramona Shelburne: Question is, who would Spurs target in FA if they can clear space? CP3? Or Derrick Rose? They have strong interest in both.
The player, however, wants to remain in New York. “Derrick loves New York and wants to be there,” Rose’s agent, B.J. Armstrong, told Bleacher Report recently. “We’ve expressed that to them and been very consistent about it. Whether it happens is on them; all we can do is be clear.”
Armstrong said Rose, who underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in April, is healthy and working out. He also insinuated that Rose would be willing to take a pay cut (he made $21.3 million last year). “In the end, we want to explore everything—if you’re going to compete, you clearly need a number of [top] players, so let’s figure that out,” Armstrong said. “We want the best team possible. That’s it. All the other stuff, if the team wins, everyone wins.”
Incumbent starter Rose also is an option at point guard. But the Timberwolves, coincidentally, see Rose as a point guard option in free agency, as ESPN reported last month. So even if the Knicks prefer to re-sign Rose, they likely will have competition.
The Minnesota Timberwolves view Derrick Rose as a potential free-agent target this summer, league sources told ESPN. Rose, 28, will be a free agent for the first time in his career after spending last season with the New York Knicks.
Toward the end of the regular season, sources told ESPN that the Knicks hadn’t ruled out the possibility of re-signing Rose this summer. It is unclear at this point which other outside teams besides the Timberwolves view Rose as a potential free-agent target.
Some rival executives believe the San Antonio Spurs may have interest in Rose, depending on how the free-agent market for point guards develops.
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February 22, 2018 | 3:33 pm EST Update
David Aldridge: Wizards sign veteran guard Ramon Sessions for second tour on a 10-day contract (@Adrian Wojnarowski first); will join team after tonight’s game in Cleveland (8 pm, @NBAonTNT). Should be available for Washington’s game Friday vs. Charlotte.
Ramon Sessions has 10 years of service and will earn $131,562 on his 10-Day Contract in Washington. Sessions is still earning $2.3M from his contract with the Knicks. The Wizards will have a $83,129 cap hit on Sessions and $147K in additional luxury tax penalties. Washington saved $2.4M in tax penalties at the trade deadline when Shelvin Mack and cash ($687,389) were sent to Atlanta. The Wizards current tax bill is $6.7M.
February 22, 2018 | 3:28 pm EST Update
Hours before he’d turn back the clock with a nod to Vince Carter that wound up winning him the Verizon Slam Dunk contest, Donovan Mitchell took another look into the past, thinking back on his earliest NBA memory, the first time the league he’d one day join actually became real to him. “Man, that’s a tough one,” the Utah Jazz rookie told Yahoo Sports during Saturday’s media session. “The first one that comes to mind, I would say, is probably ‘The Decision’, with LeBron.” Makes sense. Mitchell was 13 years old when LeBron James went on ESPN to tell Jim Gray that he’d chosen to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat in free agency. It was a huge deal — “That really changed the league, from that point on,” Mitchell said — that had nearly 10 million sets of eyeballs glued to television sets all over the United States.
“I was there, when he had The Decision,” Mitchell explained. “So that would probably be the biggest one. It was in Greenwich, Conn., and I went to school in Greenwich [at Greenwich Country Day School],” he said. “So, as a big LeBron fan in the sixth grade, I forced my mom to let me go. I wanted him to go to Miami. I wanted him to get his first ring.” Young Donovan was glad to see one of his favorite players chart a course for a more successful future. Not everybody at the Greenwich Boys & Girls Club shared his enthusiasm. “The people there who were Knicks fans … they weren’t too happy about it,” Mitchell said. “I almost got hit in the head with a Snapple bottle because they were just throwing stuff around outside. It was cool. I was just celebrating, so it was pretty cool.”
One popular touchstone for the 19-to-22-year-old cohort? The legendary dunker who inspired Mitchell’s final-round throwdown on Saturday night. “I mean, I was always into the game — I didn’t have TV or cable or Internet, so I didn’t really watch anybody for a while,” said Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, who grew up in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. “But watching Vince Carter in the Dunk Contest, and watching him play, he was my favorite player.” “You know, I watched Vince Carter,” added Murray’s countryman and Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks, from Mississauga, Ontario. “With the lobs, he just had Toronto … everybody was wearing a purple Toronto jersey. He just made me want to play basketball, and want to dunk, and want to be a part of all that.”