Amid the excitement surrounding the Derrick Rose trade, New York Knicks fans should keep in mind that the former league MVP is on the final guaranteed year of his contract. He will become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The Chicago Bulls were wise enough to trade Rose before he could pull off a Kevin Durant. The Knicks were just glad to have him on board as a one-year rental.
His future with the Knicks will solely depend on what happens next season. If Phil Jackson’s experiment falls flat on its face, Rose will be the first player to leave the team in free agency.
Despite his penchant for injuries, Rose is still worth a max deal. He might not be the same explosive player he once was, but he is slowly regaining his old form.
Last season, he appeared in 66 regular season games for the Bulls. That’s saying much considering he only played a total 61 games between 2012 and early 2015.
In his final year with his hometown team, Rose averaged 16.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He shot 42.7 percent from the field and 79.3 percent from the free throw line, as per Basketball Reference.
The Knicks are counting on Rose to stay relatively healthy and put up the same kind of numbers next season. It goes without saying that numerous teams will try to lure him away from Madison Square Garden in 2017.
The Dallas Mavericks are among the list of potential Derrick Rose suitors. Deron Williams will be coming off the Mavericks payroll next summer. The veteran point guard is not expected to re-sign with the team.
The Bulls reportedly had trade talks with the Mavericks before Rose was eventually shipped to the Knicks. The Smoking Cuban speculated that the Mavericks aren’t done pursuing the three-time All-Star. The team has the resources to sign Rose to a lucrative deal in 2017.