Now that Phil Jackson and the Knicks’ front office has seemingly moved on from pursuing nigh-impossible Carmelo Anthony trades, perhaps we could see some movement on actual deals before the deadline.
One Knick who is currently in the news is point guard Derrick Rose, who has recently drawn interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley:
Rose, a free agent this summer, played for seven seasons under current Timberwolves and ex-Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
It is unclear what Minnesota would offer in a potential trade for Rose.
The Timberwolves, sources say, are among several teams to reach out to the Knicks asking about potential trades for Rose.
Reporters are trying to connect Rose with Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio, despite the lack of evidence.
Moving Rose’s $21 million contract to a capped-out team is incredibly difficult, but Minnesota is currently under the cap. That being said, the Knicks would have to take on money beyond this season in pretty much any trade involving Rose. If they value their 2017-18 cap space, Phil and friends might be better served sitting this one out. But if the right player comes along...hey, why not?