The New York Knicks want to keep Derrick Rose amid rumors linking them with a move for the Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell. New York will have plenty of guard depth if they add Mitchell. Jalen Brunson, Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes are already on the roster, so keeping Rose and his $14 million salary isn't ideal. On top of that, he could also be used to facilitate trades.
However, according to HoopsHype, the former MVP is one of coach Tom Thibodeau's favorite players. Rose could also help nurture the Knicks' young backcourt. He will remain a valuable presence even if he doesn't receive significant minutes on the court.
Derrick Rose joined the franchise for a second stint in February 2021 via trade. He had a solid season, averaging 14.9 points on 48/44/88 shooting splits. Rose was also the Knicks' best player in their first-round loss to the Hawks in the 2021 playoffs.
The former Chicago Bulls All-Star was integral to the Knicks' plans before the start of last season. However, his season was cut short due to an injury and he ended up playing just 26 games, averaging 12 points per contest. Derrick Rose has two years left on his current deal, including a team option for the 2023-24 season worth $15 million.
NBA Rumors: New York Knicks remain frontrunners to land Donovan Mitchell despite talks slowing down
The New York Knicks want to land another big star and Donovan Mitchell has emerged as a likely candidate. New York has had multiple discussions with the Utah Jazz, but the teams haven't agreed on a deal.
Utah wanted the majority of the Knicks' eight tradeable first-round picks. The draft capital at New York's disposal makes them the frontrunners to land Mitchell. However, they have been reluctant to give into Utah's demands. According to reports, the Jazz asked for six picks and four young players: Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, Quentin Grimes and Miles McBride.
The Jazz are looking for an even bigger package for Donovan Mitchell than what they got for Rudy Gobert from the Timberwolves. Minnesota sent four first-round picks and multiple contributing role players for Gobert.
All signs point towards the Utah Jazz committing to a rebuild. They are looking to get the most out of a potential Donovan Mitchell trade as he has two years left on his contract. It will be interesting to see how long the New York Knicks play hardball with the Jazz. They plan to return to playoff contention quickly, and adding Mitchell elevates their chances.