Derrick Rose admits he wanted to re-sign with the New York Knicks this past offseason.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ points guard Derrick Rose explained on Sunday that he wanted to re-sign with the New York Knicks after playing in the Big Apple last season.
“We didn’t hear anything,” Rose said, via Newsday. “With us not hearing anything, we knew that they were probably looking somewhere else, and they drafted a point guard. Both sides were on two different pages.”
It sounds like Rose genuinely loved playing in New York.
“I would have loved coming back,” he said. “I loved playing there, even though we lost. The city itself, the fans, everything about it. They made changes, Phil being gone. Of course I would have loved to be a part of it, but that’s the past.
“At least I would have heard them out. They didn’t say anything. I understand it’s a business. They’re looking in another direction. As a man and as a player, I have to respect that . . . They’ll be able to see me shine here.”
Bringing Rose back would have been great. But would he have been willing to help bring along a young player like Frank Ntilikina?
Let’s be honest, Rose wouldn’t have been a long-term answer at point guard, so getting someone like Ntilikina would have been necessary for the Knicks anyway.
Westchester Knicks released two players
Ian Begley of ESPN pointed out that the Knicks’ G League team has released Tony Criswell and Davon Hayes.
The Westchester Knicks waived Tony Criswell and Davon Hayes. Here is the current training camp roster: pic.twitter.com/Bpa7WvDgke
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 30, 2017