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.
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Tim Hardaway Jr.'s $71 million deal, the Knicks renounced their rights to Derrick Rose, Sasha Vujacic and Ron Baker and rescinded Baker's qualifying offer.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.
Marc Berman: According to a source, Dallas Mavericks, who drafted Dennis Smith Jr., emerging as "serious contender'' for Derrick Rose.
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.
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.
John Calipari has exchanged texts with his former player Derrick Rose, and said he’s doing well and working out on the West Coast.
“We were texting,” Calipari, the Kentucky coach, said at the NBA Draft Combine on Thursday. “I told him I’m in his city, I’m broke, and I want him to buy me dinner. He said I’m out west. He’s good. He’s getting after it. He was in a great frame of mind, and that’s about all I’ll tell you about it. It was short. Then I said could you set me up someplace for dinner?”
Calipari, who coached Rose at Memphis, wouldn’t discuss Rose’s future as a Knick. “We haven’t talked about it so I don’t know,” Calipari said. “We haven’t talked in those terms. I just wanted dinner. That’s all I wanted today. I wanted to make sure he was healthy.”
Where Rose will be playing is another story. He's an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career after the Bulls traded him to the Knicks for Robin Lopez and Jerian Grant last June. The Knicks missed the playoffs and Rose averaged 18 points in 64 games. "I'm going into it with an open mind and will listen to everyone," Rose said. "Last season sucked losing. But it was a great experience. I loved the guys that I played with and I loved the coaching staff. And who wouldn't like playing in New York? It was great."
“We had a good conversation with him today,’’ Jackson said. “He expressed that he wants to be back. We talked about him going through rehab and work and whatever he has to do. And he’s chosen to go back to Chicago to do that. He’ll also be in L.A., but he also took the time out to say he really he enjoyed playing here even with the losses, which of course surprises us because he’s been on some very successful teams. But he wants to redeem himself as a player, which I like that attitude. I like who Derrick represents as himself. He’s very direct about taking on a big challenge.’’
The prevailing thought is Jackson will take a point guard in the draft with his top-10 lottery pick. Nevertheless, when asked about the need for a point guard, Jackson turned the topic back to Rose, who could be snared on a one-year deal. “Either the draft or somewhere down the line in free agency,’’ Jackson said. “Derrick has expressed hopes coming back. We have some options. Derrick is a scoring guard first and foremost, organizing, leading, stuff like that is not particularly his strength. As a scorer, he is unparalleled. As someone told me today, he is still a leading guy in scoring in the paint. That says something that this guy is willing to take it in there and challenge.’’
Agent BJ Armstrong on Derrick Rose's free agency: "Winning is the priority 1, 2 and 3. Of course you're going to take into account what city, what system... You just want to put yourself in a position where you can have an opportunity to win."
On if Rose can do that in New York: "I think you can and the reason I think you can is you're only as good as the players that's on your team. Derrick still believes he can make an impact on the bottom line, which is affecting the outcome of the game. Right now, getting adjusted to playing in a new system, moving to a new city, new coach, new players and all those things... it takes time. I think Derrick still feels that he can make an impact on winning and I think it can happen in New York. He's not ready to just say, 'I'm looking to latch onto the best team and just be a role player.'"
“I would love to stay here,” Rose said of New York. “I love my teammates, I love the coaches, I love the front office. But this will be the first time that I will hit free agency, so I want to take advantage of everything and just see what the free agency system is all about.”
For him, the goals aren’t about increasing his stats, or hunting for a max salary. “I don’t care about the system … I want to be at peace with myself,” Rose says. By peace, he means “spiritually, emotionally and mentally. You know when you have them three things clicking, I feel like that’s when I play my best basketball.” The other primary driver: “I want to win.”
Jeff Hornacek: "So it's an unfortunate break for him he has to have another surgery, but I'm sure he'll come back strong from it. He worked really hard last summer to get his body in good shape, so I'm sure he'll do that again. When we go over [our plans] at the end of the year, it's a guy we'll definitely take a look at and see if we can bring him back."
Adrian Wojnarowski: Derrick Rose will be a free agent in July, and sources say the recovery time on torn meniscus in his left knee expected to be 6-to-8 weeks.
Rose is cheering for Calipari, a “mentor” with whom he has a “father-son relationship.’’ Rose, who played for him for one year at Memphis, said he will consult with Calipari regarding his impending free agency.
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."
Based on how they dangled Rose in trade talks at the deadline, it would seem as if they are ready to move on from the former MVP. But according to league sources familiar with the matter, the Knicks haven't ruled out the possibility of re-signing Rose at this point.
“What you’re basically asking is am I going to be here?” Rose said last week, laughing loudly as he paused. “I get it. I mean, all that -you have to think about all that in the offseason. I’ll be a free agent and sitting down at the table that’s something that we’ll have to talk about. I really can’t think about it or see how that’s going to go while I’m still playing here.”
“Every game I’ve got to take the good with the bad,” he said. “It’s all a learning experience. I’m trying to put my game back together by pieces. I’m not shooting threes now. There’s a time and place for all that. Right now, it’s about numbers, being efficient. This summer I’m going to be able to work on that. It’s about having enough confidence to do it instead of just going out there, messing up the game by just launching threes. That’s just not me. I just want to be efficient and be on people’s game plan whenever I go against them.”
Seems like a possible match come July when Rose can become a free agent — even if the Knicks point guard isn’t exactly the premier playmaker Kidd was. “Of course this is like home,’’ Rose told The Post before the Knicks’ 104-93 loss to the Bucks Wednesday. “Only an hour-thirty away. Easy for [family] to come but they usually don’t come.”
Rose, who racked up 26 points on 13-of-16 shooting in a bonanza performance from mid-range, never has been a free agent and said he isn’t sure how the process will go, but acknowledged Milwaukee is a good spot. His family and 4-year-old son all live in Chicago. “You hear things but I never take it too seriously,’’ Rose told The Post. “I understand what they have going on here. But I can’t think of it because I’m here. I’ve never been a free agent. This isn’t the worst area for me but I just want to win.’’
Still, as he enters free agency, Rose admitted he wants to sign with a winner and that topic will arise when he has his exit meetings with Knicks brass. The Knicks, who may be in rebuilding mode, appear ready to move on from Rose, though holding onto him now makes sense because they could get back an asset by using him in a July sign-and-trade – even for Rubio. “You have to think about all that in the offseason,’’ said Rose, who can sign a contract extension with the Knicks before July 1. “I’ll be a free agent. Sitting down at the table, I think we’ll have to talk about. I really can’t think about or see how it’s going to go while I’m still playing here.”
The inactivity led to the belief that the Knicks would unofficially start tanking to get a higher lottery pick in a point-guard heavy top of the draft and give Porzingis and Hernangomez more opportunities to develop. Hornacek said that’s not the plan — yet. “No one’s told me that,” Hornacek said. “We’re still playing it like we’re trying to get better at all this stuff with the guys we have. There will be a lot of things. Derrick’s contract is up at the end of the year. A decision will come.”
Rose gave no indication he was looking for a buyout, still saying he hopes to be with the Knicks long-term. If there’s a buyout in the offing, it’s news to Rose, who still is hoping to re-sign with the Knicks. “I hope so — they didn’t trade me,’’ Rose said. “That’s a good sign. My job is to come in and get better every day. You have to ask Steve about that. If you ask me, I’ll probably sign me for a couple of more years.”
Even if the Wolves do trade Rubio, there's a belief among rival teams that it would signal Thibodeau's intention to pursue a veteran point guard in free agency, such as George Hill or even Rose himself — not that Dunn was ascending to the starting job.
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).
"I'm kind of in the middle right now where I kind of don't know what to expect (in free agency and the trade deadline)," Rose told the News. "Because all them like that having me have a one-year deal, do they think that my contract is going to be too much? Those thoughts come into your mind. But all I did was prepare myself for anything, no matter where I'm at, where I go, whatever they decide, I know I'm going to play good basketball."
But it seems everybody is getting rewarded with monster contracts these days in the NBA's free agency, and Rose told the Daily News that his humble upbringing has made it impossible to ignore the mega-deals distributed to guys like Mike Conley Jr. ($153 million). Even if it's not his top priority. "See it here and there but it doesn't drive me anymore. Like I always been driven by playing basketball and wanting to be the best. Like (money) numbers, of course you got to know it because of how I grew up," Rose told the News. "I grew up around the streets. Hustling. You see numbers, you can't look over them. But I'm just happy that I have an opportunity for them to see how I perform and let them see what I'm worth."
At every chance, Rose has been adamant about wanting to stay in New York after his contract expires this summer. Rose is hopeful that his brief disappearance won’t prohibit the two sides from reaching an agreement on a long-term deal. “When I was in the room, I felt like they understood where I was coming from,” Rose said. “I hope one incident didn’t change their mind. Who knows? This is a business. If it was to happen, I still would want to play the way I normally know how to play wherever I’m at.”
And then there is the potential price tag. Some close to Rose have told friends he will seek a max contract this summer. For Rose, that pact would be for five years and nearly $150 million. The Knicks would need to use nearly all of their cap space to ink Rose to a max contract.
After failing to inform New York Knicks officials of his intentions to skip Monday night’s game at Madison Square Garden, Derrick Rose’s future with the franchise has become increasingly uncertain. Knicks officials didn’t hear from Rose that he was OK until after an embarrassing loss to New Orleans, a confirmation that sources said began the next conversation within the organization: What do they do with Rose now?
In the aftermath of going AWOL at The Garden, Knicks officials need to further determine Rose’s passion to return to the team and continue playing. Rose has put into peril his short-term role – with the possibility of a suspension, sources said – and the longer-term chances to land a lucrative contract extension with the Knicks in July, league sources told The Vertical.
New York had been undecided about how deep of a commitment it wanted to make to Rose in free agency, and his failure to attend the Knicks’ 110-96 loss to the Pelicans without informing team officials – regardless of the reason – left them livid and embarrassed on Monday night, sources said.
Frank Isola: Derrick Rose has been unhappy for a few weeks. Maybe he's looking for a trade or a straight out release? Just a thought. twitter.com/nydnsports/sta…
The take here is that it’s way too early to make any hard conclusions on a long-term commitment to Rose. But it’s worth noting that Jrue Holiday, who played well in a win over the Knicks and has had a strong season thus far, will be on the market as well. And if recent history is any indication, the Knicks may have interest in Holiday. Phil Jackson expressed interest in trading for Holiday earlier in his tenure as Knicks president, according to sources.
It’s unclear if Jackson's opinion on Holiday has changed. The Knicks are probably evaluating all of their options at this point and should be able to afford one of the top point guards on the market. With a few minor roster moves, they can create the cap space needed to offer a max contract this summer.
Sirius XM NBA: Derrick Rose's agent B.J. Armstrong says that there have been no talks between the Knicks and Rose on an in-season extension but Armstrong also says that Rose is interested in remaining in the New York beyond this season
January 22, 2021 | 6:48 pm EST Update
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