Derrick Rose Might Be Forced to Take Paycut to Play for a Contender Next Season

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 03/20/17 08:37PM EDT
New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose could soon follow Brandon Jennings out of New York.(Photo : YouTube / Chris Smoove)

The New York Knicks are reportedly going to let go of Derrick Rose after this season, as the team is unlikely to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, the former Chicago Bull blamed the "lack of chemistry" for their continued troubles.

The addition of Rose to the roster that is led by high-scoring superstar Carmelo Anthony and their rising star Kristaps Porzingiz, who is a 7-foot-3 shot-blocking and dunking dynamo, was supposed to have gone deeper to the playoffs. However, the experiment ended up as a failure.

The 6-foot-4 guard told NewsDay that for some reason, a large part of which is due to injury, the starting five just did not click. "We didn't have that connection that we wanted throughout the season," he said. "You need that to go far in this league."

It did not help that Phil Jackson is insisting on the triangle offense to address the Knicks' offensive woes. Coach Jeff Hornacek is also buying into the new system, which would in theory be the cure for the isolation ball that is being run by the team.

Rose, however, is more suited to penetration and breaking down his opponent. Being relegated to somebody who is just bringing the ball half court to run the offense might not sit right with him. This is the reason why there are speculations that the Knicks will part with their starting point guard.

But where will Rose go? An article from the NYPost said that Rose might end up like a Rondo, whose large contract will be shunned by the rest of the NBA teams. His only recourse, therefore, is to take a huge paycut in order to play for a contender.

"He's not going to go to a Sacramento and lose. He's made a lot of money," an alleged source said. "If he could get $8-to-$10 or $10-to-$12 [million] with a team he thinks is good, I think he'll do that."



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