When the New York Knicks traded for Derrick Rose, he seemed like just a stopgap at point guard. Could he actually get an extension?
Derrick Rose was supposed to be a one-year experiment. The New York Knicks were hoping he’d put pressure on the opposing defense, score, and stay healthy. So far Rose has done all three and exceeded expectations.
After scoring 30 points in Monday’s loss to Oklahoma City, the 28-year-old is averaging 16.8 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.4 rebounds, while shooting .438/.259/.885.
Per Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks haven’t reached out to Rose about an extension yet, but they haven’t ruled it out either. Of course, they want to see if he can stay healthy for a full season before committing to him long-term.
Per Berman, they’d be willing to pay more for Rose over the summer if they had to wait.
Rose said he hasn’t talked to the team about the future.
“I haven’t talked to them about it,’’ Rose told The Post. “It’s been more about winning games. We’ll see. I’m more concerned with trying to win games, but it’s something I’d have to talk about with my family and team.’’
The chances of any team offering Rose a max contract during the coming summer are very slim. If the Knicks offered him a Russell Westbrook extension (the max Rose can earn by re-upping) of 3-years, $75 million he’d take it in an instant.
The Knicks will have a tough decision to make with Rose. One they probably didn’t expect. He was just supposed to be a stopgap after all.