Pending free agent Derrick Rose wants to return to the Knicks next season and have a "chance to redeem himself," Phil Jackson said on Friday.
Rose was acquired from the Bulls last June along with Justin Holiday and a 2017 second round pick, with Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, and Jerian Grant going to Chicago.
The 28-year-old Rose averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds in 64 games with the Knicks this season.
He briefly went AWOL in January in order to address a family matter -- something Jackson said was distracting to the team.
Rose last played on March 27, with him unergoing "uncomplicated" surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee soon after.
He is expected to begin basketball activities by the middle of May.
It's admirable that Rose told the front office he was looking to redeem himself. Unfortunately for him, that ship may have sailed.
Some of the explosiveness that Rose exhibited when playing at an All-Star level earlier in his career was definitely on display in New York. But it only came through in bunches. He proved to be an off-the-court distraction, made immature decisions, and also dealt with various injuries.
Rose resisted and expressed bitterness regarding this team's offense, suggesting it may not fit him and vice versa. All of this -- coupled with the amount of money Rose will still likely garner given his reputation -- should signal a Big Apple exit.
Jackson said the Knicks will look to get younger and that Carmelo Anthony would be better suited competing for a championship elsewhere. Rose shouldn't be considered to be in a much different boat. The point guard will only be 29 years old at the start of next season, but he's used to competing toward something substantial. Much like Anthony, Rose has previously said that winning is most important to him.
The Knicks are set to go through a transitional period after coming to terms with this past season's shortcomings, and this year's draft class happens to boast more than a handful of elite point guard prospects. New York has an opportunity, not only to target a player that best fits their desired identity, but to also guide him and fine tune his skills to help him reach such a plateau.
Rose is more set in his own ways. His campaign led to various question marks. It's not in the Knicks' best interest to waste time seeking the answers around his game if they won't compete as a result. It's time to move on and begin developing youngsters who can have a more positive effect on the future.