The New York Knicks are 9-9 this season after a 129-119 road win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. In addition to three to five players, the Knicks have struggled to score consistently this season. One of those struggling players is former NBA MVP Derrick Rose. His name has been circulating in trade rumors and a “surprising” team has emerged with interest in Rose.
He missed a good chunk of last season for the Knicks, making 26 appearances in just four games. Rose said staying healthy is his top priority this season and has just one game left. The Knicks seem to have moved on from Rose when they signed Jaylen Brunson in the offseason and he has been a key contributor to their season. He could find himself traded to a sixth NBA team.
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The Sacramento Kings have emerged as a contender to land Rose.
The NBA veteran is averaging (13.2) points per game this season, which would be a career low if his numbers continue at this pace. An Eastern Conference executive said a “surprising” team has appeared in trade talks, and it appears to be the Sacramento Kings.
“The Knicks have shown a willingness to discuss trade talks for Derrick Rose and Emmanuel Quick, league sources say, to identify the team’s interest in the guard position during the offseason” – Shams Charania
“And there will be surprising buyers at the trade deadline, maybe a team like Sacramento, a veteran can use from the bench” – an unknown NBA Eastern Conference executive.
Rose is averaging (13.2) points, (1.8) rebounds and (2.1) assists this season. The Kings are 10-6 this season and could use a veteran PG like Rose off the bench. He may not be as consistent as he once was, but he’s still a solid NBA player who can give a team solid minutes off the bench and help run the offense when the second unit is on the court.