Derrick Rose remains with the New York Knicks after the Minnesota Timberwolves walk out of Ricky Rubio trade.
The Knicks had been in talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves about trading Rose for Ricky Rubio. According to the Associated Press, the Knicks were interested in forward Nemanja Bjelica, in addition to Rubio. In the end, the Knicks were willing to do a straight Rose for Rubio trade but the Timberwolves balked and walked away, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Knicks have definitely asked for Bjelica as well during talks with Minnesota. Non-starter for Thibs, Wolves.
— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) February 23, 2017
At the finish line, league sources say, New York was prepared to trade Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio straight up. But the Wolves balked.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
Rose was acquired by the Knicks from the Chicago Bulls last June. He is averaging 17.7 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.9 rebounds this season, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday. Rubio is averaging 8.9 points and 8.4 assist this season.
This year is the second year in a row that the Knicks didn’t make a deal before the trade deadline. The Knicks are 23-34 and in 12th place in the Eastern Conference.