After he was traded to the New York Knicks last June, Derrick Rose's one year in the Big Apple hasn't exactly gone the way he expected it to.
When he spoke about playing alongside Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, he declared that the Knicks were title contenders and had their own "Big Three" superstars.
However, New York currently sports a record of 27-42 and sits 6.5 games out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Coming off a loss to the lowly Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night, the Knicks aren't likely to re-sign Rose this offseason.
Rose is on the record saying he would like a max deal for his next contract, but anonymous sources told the New York Post that the former NBA MVP is unlikely to get that sort of money any time soon:
“He’s the next Rondo - starter on a short-term deal on a bad team, $15 million a year,” suggested one agent, drawing a comparison to Rajon Rondo, who took a two-year, $27.3 million contract with Chicago last summer.
That's certainly one option for the longtime Chicago Bull if he wants to make as much money as he can. However, at this stage of his career, he might be willing to take a discount to play for a better squad.
That would lead to a drastic pay cut, though, a team executive speculated in the New York Post article:
“There will be a market, but it probably won’t be what he expects,” said another team executive. “I don’t think [the Knicks] will re-sign him. I think he takes less money to go to a better team. He’s not going to go to a Sacramento and lose. He’s made a lot of money. 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.”
Whether it's a team that is in a position to contend for the playoffs or a team in the middle of a rebuilding phase, someone will take a chance on Rose this offseason.
Whoever does will be getting a guy who can still score at an elite level. This season, Rose is averaging 17.8 points, 4.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Whether Rose continues playing the point guard position, though, remains to be seen. A young team will want to get more touches for its newer players and contending teams will have scoring options other than Rose who need the ball.
Therefore, Rose's future may be as a shooting guard, or even as a backup point guard to provide some scoring punch off the bench. Whatever his future, though, it likely won't be with the New York Knicks.