“He enjoyed playing here even with the losses, which of course surprises us because he’s been on some very successful teams”, team president Phil Jackson said of Rose, who made $21 million last season.
On the surface it doesn’t seem to make much sense to bring back Rose, who averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds for the Knicks last season, since the team is clearly in a rebuilding phase. James Dolan, the Knicks owner, has apparently heard this and is considering making a change, something first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
Former player and general manager Steve Mills will continue his current role and work the free agency process which begins on July 1.
Rose averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 64 games for NY last season before undergoing season-ending knee surgery. During his tenure, the team went 90-171 as he clung to his beloved triangle offense and the few upbeat accomplishments, such as the drafting of Porzingis with the fourth pick in 2015, soured.
Asked in an interview with MSG Network why he would consider trading Porzingis, a young star regarded around the National Basketball Association as someone a franchise can be built around, Jackson replied, “The future, you know, what it brings”. [That’s] something we have to look at as far as going down the road. “We know what he is – he’s a unicorn and he’s special”.
A week ago, Jackson confirmed that he would entertain trade offers for Porzingis amid speculation that he was irked over a missed exit meeting. Jackson, sources said, was contemplating a trip to Europe this summer to meet with his young star man-to-man. Players took note of how Jackson treated Anthony and most recently Porzingis.
Asked last week on MSG Network what he’d tell Knicks fans who were ‘uneasy’. “That’s what I can say to them”.
“I had hoped, of course, to bring another National Basketball Association championship to the Garden”, Jackson said.
Jackson, 71, made it public that he felt it was best for both Anthony and the team to move on, but the team determined it would not give him a buyout.
Information from ESPN’s Ian Begley was used in this report.