Knicks PG Derrick Rose wants to stay in New York next season, and is willing to take a pay cut, per Bleacher Report's Yaron Weitzman.
Rose, who underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in April, is back on the free agency block this offseason. According to his agent, B.J. Armstrong, he doesn't want to leave the Big Apple.
"Derrick loves New York and wants to be there," Armstrong said. "We've expressed that tot hem and been very consistent about it. Whether it happens is on them; all we can do is be clear."
This isn't the first time Rose has made it clear he wants to stay in New York. He told SLAM's Peter Walsh he wants "to play the rest of my life here" when talking about the Knicks this past December.
The 28-year-old point guard is even willing to take a pay cut if it means he would be back in the blue and orange. Rose signed a one-year, $21.3 million contract with the Knicks last season.
The message has resonated with Knicks president Phil Jackson at the time of Rose's exit interview February.
"He expressed that he wants to be back," Jackson said. "He also took the time out to say he really enjoyed playing here even with the losses, which of course surprises us because he's been on some very successful teams. But he wnats to redeem himself as a player, which I like that attitude. I like who Derrick represents as himself. He's very direct about taking on a big challenge."
Jackson's statement shows that he isn't entirely affected by Rose disappearing from the team to see his family in Chicago. He was fined and missed a game for that absence back in January.
Rose and Armstrong are keeping their options open, however. The Timberwolves have expressed interest in him.
"In the end, we want to explore everything -- if you're going to compete, you clearly need a number of [top] players, so let's figure that out," Armstrong said. "We want the best team possible. That's it. All the other stuff, if the teams wins, everyone wins."
Rose continues to workout following his surgery, and Armstrong says he will be healthy by preseason. In 64 games last season, he averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds.