So Rose moved on.
According to the New York Post, Rose turned the page on a possible return to the Knicks when New York drafted Frank Ntilikina and signed Tim Hardaway Jr. in free agency.
Apparently, Rose was not interested in mentoring Ntilikina.
“Did we miss something?,” Rose’s agent B.J. Armstrong asked The Post.
“Is there something going [on] in New York we didn’t see? We all would agree they are on a different timeline than Derrick — a young team with great young talent there and trying to build something for the future. They’re not on the same timeline as players who are a little older and experienced.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out Derrick’s best basketball is right now. The Knicks aren’t ready to compete at that level right now. It could be three, four years.”
Rose opted to join LeBron James in Cleveland by signing with the Cavaliers.
“Derrick chose what he said he’d choose from the beginning. He didn’t deviate,” Armstrong said.
“He said he just wanted to win. People didn’t believe it. He’s made a lot of money in his career. Now he just wants to win. The guy averaged 18 points a game in the triangle and we know how the game is played right now.”
Armstrong eluded to Rose’s lack of desire to mentor.
“You’re a mentor when you no longer can play,” Armstrong said. “This league you get paid to perform. You don’t get paid to be a mentor.
“That kid [Ntilikina] was drafted in [the] lottery. He’s got to play. One of the most coveted things in the NBA is experience. The kid needs to play. The new [collective bargaining agreement] is constructed to build through the draft. … Let that kid play and make mistakes and see what you have in four, five years. Maybe the kid turns out to be Steph Curry.
“I wish it was different. Derrick loved New York. Loved it. Had no problems with any of the people there. But nobody’s getting younger and knows what their basketball will be like in the future.”
In the end, Armstrong reiterated Rose’s desire to join the Cavs due to their strength of roster.
“What player doesn’t want the best teammates he can have?’’ Armstrong said. “Derrick wanted to play with that team, Kyrie included.”
Cavs Sign Kevin Love to Four-Year, $120 Million Contract Extension
The Cleveland Cavaliers are ensuring that Kevin Love remains a part of the team’s long-term plans as they have signed the veteran forward to a four-year, $120 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst.
Love recently opted out of the 2019-20 season on his current five-year deal, allowing him to earn $24.1 million next season before the new four-year extension kicks in which will give Love a 17 percent annual raise.
76ers, Cavs Discussing Kyle Korver, Jerryd Bayless Trade
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a trade that would involve Kyle Korver and Jerryd Bayless, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey.
While the trade is possible, it is”far from certain”, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.
Korver sits fourth all-time with 2213 3-pointers in his career and is owed $7.56M this season.
Bayless averaged 7.9 ppg last season for the 76ers.
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Perkins will clear waivers and become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday, assuming he goes unclaimed.
Perkins had been out of the NBA since the 2015-2016 season before signing with the Cleveland Cavalier at the end of the season prior to the start of the NBA playoffs.
Perkins played 15 minutes in the Cavs’ regular season finale but saw no action during the postseason.
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