The New York Knicks are interested in upgrading their point-guard position this offseason, and sources say they have eyes for the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose.
Per Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks have had internal discussions about trading for Rose, who will be a free agent after the 2016-17 season.
Rose, 27, averaged 16.4 points and 4.7 assists in 66 games last season.
The former No. 1 overall draft choice has spent his entire career with the Bulls but is rumored to be on the trading block this offseason. As Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported earlier this week, the Bulls would prefer to deal Rose over star guard Jimmy Butler, who the Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly interested in trading for.
And while Rose would be a definite upgrade at point guard for the Knicks, he’s missed a lot of games with injuries. As Begley points out, Rose has appeared in just 50 percent of the Bulls’ regular season games over the past four years due to various injuries, including two major knee surgeries.
So even if the Knicks do find a way to land Rose, they will have to put depth behind him.