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Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose
Position: G
Born: 10/04/88
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $7,682,926
Basketball-Reference: Trae Young is the 10th player since 1990 to have 35+ points, 10+ assists, and a W in a road playoff win. The other nine: Michael Jordan, Steve Nash, Tony Parker, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Louis Williams, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic
As noted last month, some teams keeping an eye on the point guard market feel that Derrick Rose’s strong play for New York will factor in to their approach at the position. Since Rose showed that he’s more than capable of handling 20 minutes per game, those teams wonder if the Knicks will be less inclined to pursue a big-money guard that plays significant minutes. Those teams are speculating, of course. But it’s informed speculation, based on the idea that New York will re-sign Rose and play him at least 15-20 minutes per game.
The postseason exposed how reliant the Knicks are on Randle offensively and how little weaponry they possess to attack teams in alternate ways. Their second option, guard Derrick Rose, is 32 with a checkered injury history and will be a free agent. Not having Mitchell Robinson’s rim-running certainly hurt against Atlanta, and he’ll be back on one of the league’s most valuable contracts (a mere $1.8 million). More importantly, the Knicks enter the offseason with an estimated $55 million in cap room, a now-established All-Star in his prime in Randle and several good young players to build around. Combine that with the lure of the Big Apple, and this should be the perfect lure for the Knicks to finally get their superstar free agent!

Derrick Rose: 'Who knows if I may be back'

Even Rose was apprehensive about a return despite taking a leading role since he came to New York in a February trade as a longtime Thibodeau favorite. He too will be a free agent, and he is uncertain how it will all play out. The front office, led by Leon Rose and William Wesley, might have its eyes set high after a quiet first offseason together. “That’s not up to me,” Derrick Rose said. “That’s up to the front office. They got big plans. Who knows if I may be back.”