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Report: Knicks interested in acquiring Derrick Rose from Chicago

Earlier this week, rumors hit the internet stating that the Chicago Bulls are “very open” to trading Derrick Rose if the right deal comes along.

From Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:

Rose is entering the final year of his deal and has commented numerous times on the ballooning salary cap and his next contract, much to the dismay of the Bulls front office and a large number of Bulls fans. Add that to an on-again, off-again intensity and there is a sense that both sides would welcome a change, especially with Rose entering a free agent year.

At this point, it’s unclear which teams (if anyone) has made a real offer for Rose, especially given his $21.3 million salary. But it was said a few times that the name being talked about most among teams and scouts in Italy was not Butler, but rather Rose and there is a sense that a team that misses on a starting-caliber point guard in free agency may turn to the Bulls.

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The Bulls have the 14th pick in the NBA draft; if they select one of top point guards available, it could indicate that they’re preparing for a future without Rose, whether it be because they intend to trade him or they don’t trust that his health will hold up long-term.

Initially, no potential destinations were listed, but now Ian Begley of ESPN reports that the New York Knicks are intrigued by Rose, believing he could be the guy to fix the point guard position that general manager Steve Mills said he intends to upgrade.

From Begley:

The New York Knicks are looking to upgrade their backcourt, and one player on their radar is Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.

The Knicks have had internal discussions recently about trading for Rose, league sources tell ESPN.

It’s questionable that the Knicks have enough assets to entice the Bulls to make a deal; other than Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, and future draft picks, New York doesn’t have a whole lot to offer.

Rose is set to hit free agency after the 2016-17 season, so if he’s traded and things don’t work out in the Big Apple, the Knicks won’t have to wait long for his contract to be off the books. In 2015-16, Rose averaged 16.4 points while shooting 42.7 percent from the floor, along with 4.7 assists.

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