NBA Executive Reveals Knicks Could Face Bidding War With Lakers to Keep Derrick Rose

Published 06/10/2021, 11:30 PM EDT
May 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (4) warms up on the court prior to the game against the Atlanta Hawks in game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


If there was anything more fascinating than the NBA playoff games this season, it was the New York Knicks fans watching the evergreen franchise come back from the dead. The same can be said for Derrick Rose whose career was resurrected after he was added to the team.

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In fact, this season was nothing less than magical for the Knicks. Nobody expected them to be this great, let alone make it to the playoffs after eight years, that too as the fourth-seeded team. However, there is a possibility of Rose being traded off. While the Knicks desperately want to keep him, he has other suitors like the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rose found a home in the Knicks

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When Rose entered the league, he made an impact from the get-go. Not only did he win the Rookie of the Year award in 2008-09, but there was also speculation about him becoming the face of the league as well. And soon after, in 2011 at just 22 years old, he became the youngest player to ever win an MVP.

May 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (4) tries to score behind guard Kevin Huerter (3) during the first half in game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

But then came along every player’s worst nightmare. Rose suffered a knee injury and didn’t play an entire season since that happened. His career seemed done and dusted, with no hopes of him returning to his best form. After being passed around the league for seasons, Rose finally found a team in the Knicks where his expertise was of exemplary value. However, the Lakers might now be planning to swoop in and take D. Rose.

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Are the Lakers really interested in bringing in Derrick Rose?

After the defending champions took an early exit from the playoffs, they were on the receiving end of a ton of criticism. Thus, the Lakers will surely be heading for big changes in their roster this offseason to make their comeback. And there is a possibility that Rose might be part of that plan.

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As per an NBA executive, “The Knicks would absolutely love to bring (Derrick) Rose back for another year or two. He was a perfect fit and Tom Thibodeau would like to keep him on the roster. However, there will be plenty of other suitors, including the Lakers, who will be looking for a new point guard with Dennis Schroder leaving town. L.A. is a serious threat to land Rose.” 

May 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (4) is defended by Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) during the first quarter in game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

It is impressive that Rose is still in demand at 32 years of age. But will he be better off sticking to a team with whom he has had such a great season, or is moving to a team that has a better shot at a title the more viable option?

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This is just the beginning. As the offseason inches closer, Derrick Rose is going to be subjected to many trade rumors. Unfortunately for the Knicks, the Lakers might not be the only threat after all.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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