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Derrick Rose Didn’t Want To Mentor Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina, Didn’t Like Knicks’ Plans

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Derrick Rose, the newest addition to the Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly wanted nothing to do with the New York Knicks, his former team, and their plans for him moving forward.

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.”

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Cavaliers, Raptors Interested in Dragan Bender

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Dragan Bender

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors are interested in former Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender.

Bender was a major bust with the Suns, who drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but he is still only 21 years old.

Bender can still turn his career around, but he has issues with 3 point shooting and the physicality of the NBA game.

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Cavs Expected to Waive and Stretch J.R. Smith

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to waive guard J.R. Smith after failing to find a suitable trade, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon.

According to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, the Cavs plan to stretch his contract over the next three years.

Smith played in only 11 games during the 2018-19 season as the Cavs veered towards a youth movement.

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Cavs’ Larry Drew Discusses Brandon Knight’s Play of Late

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The Cleveland Cavaliers knew that when they acquired Brandon Knight in a trade deadline deal with the Houston Rockets, that they were acquiring a player that may be a ways away from returning to form.

Knight, who missed the entire 2017-2018 season and appeared in only 14 games this season due to a torn ACL, has been showing signs of a return to form in his short stint with the Cavs, and it has caught the attention of Cavaliers’ head coach Larry Drew.

“I know what he’s gone through over a period with the injury and trying to come back from it,” Drew said of Knight, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

“I know what he’s capable of doing. I know what type of player he is. He’s a fierce competitor. Not only does he do it from an offensive end, but defensively, he’s a tough kid. That addition in our lineup gives us a little versatility as far as we can move people around. … And I know how bad he wants to get back to the Brandon Knight of old. Certainly if he can get back to that, you guys are going to see a terrific player.”

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