Alternative Options

If not Rose, then who? The Knicks will more than likely address the position in the upcoming draft, but that will depend on how the lottery balls bounce. Even if they do, they may still want to acquire a veteran in free agency.

On paper, this free agency could be considered the year of the point guard. Players like Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul, Jrue Holiday, Jeff Teague and Rose will either be free agents or have a player option that they can decline in order to become free agents.

The problem is that as good as the list looks on paper, it is only a mirage.

Curry and Lowry are currently leaders of two championship-contending teams. The only reason they would opt out of their current deals would be to sign a longer and more expensive contract with those same teams. Paul has all but signed a $200 million extension with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Even Teague and Holiday may end up re-signing with their current teams. Those clubs can offer the most money and the all-important fifth year. The New York Knicks will re-sign Derrick Rose because, quite frankly, they may not have any other options.

Michael has been covering the Knicks since 2016. He does not claim to know everything about basketball, just more than most.