Derrick Rose prefers to stay with Knicks, but also open to playing with Timberwolves
After finding out his teammate with the Chicago Bulls, Jimmy Butler, reunited with their former coach, Tom Thibodeau, many were left thinking if Derrick Rose would be pursued by the Minnesota Timberwolves as well. However, according to the former MVP’s agent, he wants to stay with the New York Knicks and become one of their leaders.
Despite drafting a point guard in the draft in Frank Ntilikina, B.J. Armstrong believes Rose can still end up with the Knicks if they extend an offer to him. He also added, via Marc Berman of the New York Post, that they have made their intentions clear that they prefer remaining with them beyond this summer’s free agency, but they will also listen to other team’s pitches, including the Wolves’ if they pursue him.
“It’s a matter of wanting to hear from them and their vision of what the team is trying to do. We stated our intention … once we got traded there, we want to be in New York. At the same time, we have to see what it is and go from there. Let’s listen and gather information.’’
“There’s a lot of rumors and especially because of their shared history and Derrick won MVP with him. He’s aware of his offensive and defensive systems, so there’s definitely history there. It’s expected, comes with the territory. They both have an understanding for each other — both basketball people who are consumed by it. They know each other. But Tom’s in Minnesota. We’ve finished up in New York and we’ll see what happens. I’ve been around long enough to know anything is possible.”
Rose is coming off yet another knee injury he suffered this past season, but he is still expected to generate a lot of interest from teams around the league given his experience and skill set. Even with all the drama that surrounded the Knicks, they are still one of the teams that has a strong chance of securing his services.
The situation of Rose and the Knicks is definitely something worth keeping an eye on and it will be interesting to see which team he’ll ultimately play for come October. One thing that’s certain at this point though, is it will be difficult for him to turn down a potential offer the Timberwolves might give him as he can once again play under Thibodeau and have Butler alongside him on the court.