Steve Mills Rumors
Ohm Youngmisuk: Derrick Rose spoke with Jeff Hornacek and Steve Mills after practice and said he holds no grudges toward the Knicks for having trade talks with Minnesota involving the point guard. “We didn’t talk about any of that to tell you the truth,” Rose said. “I hadn’t received no calls about it. I am going to be professional about the situation, I know what it is. There are no grudges and no hard feelings about what was going on, if I was on the trading block or whatever. I know it is part of it. I want to be here. That is how I feel and he told me that I was alright.”
Knicks general manager Steve Mills was in town for All-Star Weekend, and it doesn’t appear he’s here to finalize divorce proceedings with Carmelo Anthony. According to a source who has spoken to Knicks officials, the odds are heavily against the team dealing Anthony by Thursday’s deadline. Anything that’s been discussed probably has not been attractive enough, plus Anthony can block any deal that is not to Los Angeles, his preferred destination.
Rose said he hasn’t spoken to either president Phil Jackson or GM Steve Mills about a relocation. His trade value is diminished because he’ll be a free agent in a couple months, and no contending team is in a position to take Rose on a rental. The 28-year-old’s defense has been criticized this season, and he’s still much more of a scoring point guard (17.6 points per game before Wednesday) than a facilitator (4.4 assists per game).
Gaines, who worked as a Bulls scout with Jackson in Chicago, was the major player in the Knicks tabbing Langston Galloway two years ago out of the D-League and is credited with pushing Jackson to draft Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4 in 2015. After scouting Porzingis in Spain, Gaines told Jackson and general manager Steve Mills he should be taken No. 1 overall. According to the source, Gaines believes Ndour can turn into a defensive stopper at the small forward position and wants to develop him. Ndour hasn’t been in the rotation, but has played seven games with Westchester and the club remains committed.
“I never experienced that,’’ Anthony said in his first comments since Rose went AWOL. “It was a scary situation to be in. I don’t even like thinking about that coming into a game, not knowing where somebody’s at, their whereabouts, if they’re OK. That’s the first thing that comes to mind…I just wanted to make sure he’s OK.’’ Knicks brass clearly is upset with Rose, still throwing him under the bus after the game and issuing the point guard a fine after he returned to the team at Tuesday’s practice. Coach Jeff Hornacek claimed after the game the club still hadn’t heard from Rose, though Rose said he had spoken to GM Steve Mills during the contest. Hornacek admitted at the shootaround Wednesday he got a text from Rose after the game.