New York Knicks Rumors: President Phil Jackson Trying to Be Cheap With the Roster?

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 06/28/17 09:18AM EDT

In New York Knicks rumors, it looks like Phil Jackson is really open to possibilities, including being cheap. There are reports stating that the team is serious in re-signing Derrick Rose. The former NBA MVP is likely a cheap option at point guard this offseason. 

ESPN was one of the first media outlets to report New York's interest in keeping Rose. The report mentioned that the Knicks are unwilling to splurge on a playmaker this offseason. 

Rose's injuries in the past could be reasons why he has a lower value than other free agent playmakers this 2017. These health setbacks led to the decline in his performance through the years. The 28-year-old is no longer the unstoppable point guard he was a number of seasons ago. 

But perhaps there is another reason why Jackson wants Rose to stay in New York. Saving money may not be the only factor why the Knicks aim for him to be on the roster.

Maybe Jackson has a desire to reward Rose for his commitment and loyalty to the organization. ESPN's report stated that during Jackson's post-season news conference, he lauded Rose for his intention to be in New York despite the bad season the team had. 

Rose's goal to continue playing for the Knicks still stands. In a recent report by the New York Post, his agent B.J. Armstrong reiterated that, although similar to Jackson, they are keeping their doors open for possibilities.

The likes of Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), and Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) are the point guards joining Rose on the free agency market this year. Attempting to sign any of them will surely cost a fortune, and that is something the Knicks are disinterested in doing. 

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