New York Knicks president Phil Jackson reportedly wants to add a Rose to the Garden. Recent NBA trade rumors have it, Jackson and other Knicks executives have had internal talks about acquiring mercurial Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.
According to league sources via ESPN, the team is looking to upgrade its starting point guard position and considers Rose as one of its primary targets. The post currently belongs to NBA journeyman Jose Calderon, a savvy floor general who struggles mightily on offense.
Jackson previously insisted that he won’t go after a score-first point guard to run his famed triangle offense, but seeing how the Knicks only managed to win 32 games this season while ranking 26th in points per possession, the 70-year-old team builder has apparently changed his mind. This is why the Knicks are involved in numerous trade rumors as of late.
Knicks general manager Steve Mills and new head coach Jeff Hornacek also expressed interest in bolstering the team’s point guard attack this offseason. For his part, Hornacek hopes the team can pick up a player who would make up for Jerian Grant’s inexperience and Calderon’s offensive inefficiency.
“We have a young player that’s obviously inexperienced after his first year. He’ll get better and better. Jose is kind of later in his career,” Hornacek told New York Post. “If we can find a middle guy to bridge those two guys, it would be good.”
Despite his plethora of injuries and questions about his mental commitment to the game, Rose still remains at the upper echelon of NBA point guards. After recovering from several knee and hamstring issues in 2014, Rose averaged 16.4 points and 4.7 assists in 66 games this season, as per NBA.com.
Those numbers pale in comparison to his MVP stat line of 25 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds back in 2011. Nevertheless, acquiring Rose could potentially transform the Knicks from cellar dwellers to a legitimate 6th seed in the Eastern Conference.
Rose, who is expected to make over $21 million next season, is still capable of putting up 30-point outburst at any given night. The question now is should the Knicks trade its young assets for an injury-plagued former league MVP? Let’s just wait for Phil Jackson to make the call.