Derrick Rose had a very confusing time during his one and only season with the New York Knicks last season.
In 64 games, the former MVP averaged 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 32.5 minutes per contest. Shooting 47.1 percent from the field, the third-best mark of his career, Rose struggled shooting from beyond the arc (21.7 percent), but made a clear impact for a dysfunctional franchise.
When he hit unrestricted free agency, Rose elected to sign a shocking one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Not only was that indicative of the lack of interest that he received from other teams, but it was obvious that the Knicks didn’t want him back.
In advance of Sunday night’s contest against the Knicks, Rose was asked about what went wrong in his negotiations with the Knicks over the summer.
What he revealed was a bit surprising.
“From our side, we were just waiting to see what was going to happen. We didn’t hear anything. So with us not hearing anything, we knew they were probably looking somewhere else. And they drafted a point guard. Both sides were on two different wave lengths,” Rose told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
The desire was there from Rose, especially after Phil Jackson’s exit, but the organization didn’t even reach out to his camp.
“I would’ve loved to come back. I loved playing there even though we lost,” he noted. “The city itself, the fans, like everything about it. They made changes. Phil being gone, I would’ve loved being part of it.”
He was quick to explain that while he didn’t thrive under Jackson’s forced triangle system, he didn’t believe that it was Phil’s intention to hurt his production.
“(Jackson) wasn’t (implementing the triangle) intentionally to harm me or anything, he was just doing what he thought was best for the team,” Rose said. “So as a player, I have to respect that. I think that’s what the coaching staff did last year was respect his perspective and his decisions to want us play the triangle.”
It is obvious that he still has some regret looking back.
“At least I would’ve heard (the Knicks) out. They didn’t say anything,” the point guard explained.
New York drafted 19-year-old Frank Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick, so it appears as though they wanted to close the chapter on Rose in an attempt to develop their point guard of the future.