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.”