The New York Knicks are approaching a trade deadline that will define the 2016-17 National Basketball Association regular season. After Carmelo Anthony in most of the conversations in the past weeks and even months, Derrick Rose comes into the picture.
Rose, 28, is in the final season of a five-year, $94.3 million he signed in 2011. He has missed time this season because of back spasms and an ankle injury, but hasn't had knee issues.
Rose's first season in NY has seen it's fair share of drama, but he's averaging 17.7 points per game over 48 games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly reached out to the Knicks inquiring about Rose's services, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. Sources say the Timberwolves are motivated to trade veteran point guard Ricky Rubio, as team president and coach Thibodeau sees rookie Kris Dunn as the point guard of the future for Minnesota.
This could be an example of where there's smoke, there's fire.
He enters the All-Star break averaging 17.7 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game for a Knicks team that finds themselves 11 games below.500. Also, it would be a reunion between Rose and Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau, who spent seven seasons together with the Chicago Bulls.
Will Phil Jackson pull the trigger to move Rose?
While Rose has posted similar numbers to what he produced his last couple of years in Chicago, New York has struggled as a team.