Knicks Rumors: Rose, Anthony, Gaines Jr.

Knicks point guard Derrick Rose shot down a rumor that he mulled retirement during his one-game absence from the team on Monday, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports. “That’s something I don’t even want to speak into existence by commenting on it,’’ Rose told Berman. “I don’t know who would do that. Not at all. I was with my family.’’ Rose was fined $193,848, or 1/110th of his salary, for missing the game without giving the club prior notice. Rose claimed he went to Chicago to visit his mother for what he called a family crisis, though there are indications he went there to see his son, Berman adds.

In other developments surrounding the club:

  • The hurdles that must be cleared to trade Carmelo Anthony prevents the Knicks from rebuilding with younger players like the Sixers are doing, Fred Kerber of the New York Post argues. Finding a trade partner willing to take on the final two years of Anthony’s contract will be nearly impossible, Kerber notes — not only would a potential trade partner have to commit to $54MM+ in salary over the next two years, but a 15% trade kicker would force that team to cough up another $10MM. On top of that, Anthony would have to waive his no-trade provision, Kerber adds.
  • Rose hopes his one-game absence doesn’t affect the club’s feelings toward him when he enters free agency this summer, as he relayed to Ian Begley of ESPN.com “I hope one incident didn’t change their minds,” he said. “Who knows? This is a business and if it was to happen I’m still going to play the way I normally know how to play no matter where I’m at.”
  • The Knicks have not gotten any better defensively under first-year coach Jeff Hornacek, one of several reasons why the team will only get worse, Berman opines in a separate piece. Berman cites the Rose drama and Kristaps Porzingis recent struggles with a sore Achilles as two other factors in the team’s continuing demise.
  • The rising influence of Clarence Gaines Jr. is the main reason why the team chose forward Maurice Ndour over point guard Chasson Randle on the opening-day roster, Berman writes in still another piece, citing a source. Gaines was promoted from an advisory role to vice president of player personnel under president Phil Jackson. Randle signed a 10-day contract with the Sixers on Monday after a strong D-League showing.
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15 thoughts on “Knicks Rumors: Rose, Anthony, Gaines Jr.

  1. Z-A

    Knicks could move on from Rose next year if they lost a few more games. In such a PG dominant draft they’re on the outside ATM.

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  2. Mush mouth Rose can’t even put a sentence together that makes sense. Good job Chicago Public Schools.

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    • ChiSoxCity

      Inarticulate athletes who lack judgement and discernment are not unique to Chicago.

      FWIW, I’m a product of public schools in Chicago. I think I turned out ok (two degrees). Like most American institutions, however, our education system has failed a great many people.

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  3. That math is off. 15% of $50M is not $10M…Plus, there would be plenty of teams would trade for Melo.

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    • Luke Adams

      He actually has more than $54MM on his deal after this season, and the trade kicker would count toward the rest of 2016/17’s salary too (he has close to $13MM left this year). So it’s more like $67MM right now than $50MM, which would make the math work better and result in a $10MM trade kicker. Made an edit to the post to better reflect that.

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  4. Formerlyz

    They need to play a different rotation. It’s so obvious how much better they are in 1 big lineups. Let Noah come off the bench, which helps that unit defensively

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  5. Djones246890

    Anthony is basically the new Kobe, although not as good. He’s just a parasite that they can’t move, who is WELL past his prime, who’s essentially robbing them of money, and adds very little value to the team, anymore. He’ll give you 23 ppg, but that’s about all he does.

    A ball hog who doesn’t play defense, has a knack for drama, and has zero leadership skills — despite being a “star” in the league. Unfortunately, Knicks fans will have to agonizingly watch this sh! t show for the next few years.

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    • Formerlyz

      Ya it’s Melo’s fault that Noah or O’quinn is clogging the lane and there’s no space on the floor…Also, I personally feel like Melo has played harder on defense, and tried to be a better leader, the last couple of years, starting with Tyson Chandler’s 1st season there. Phill Jackson is a clown. He won’t let his coach coach the team, and he made a terrible signing in Noah, and shouldnt have let Galloway go to sign bad Brandon Jennings.
      Ya, Melo can be a ball stopper, but he plays much better when there’s only 1 big on the floor, as does Rose and Porzingis, for obvious reasons.
      They need another guard/wing off the bench that can play defense and shoot. The roster isn’t good enough. I’m sick of hearing people solely blame Carmelo Anthony or Derrick Rose for the Knicks ineptitude. It makes no sense. I had them outside the playoffs before the season, and it was b/c of the roster issues that have shown themselves since day 1

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