A LAST-ditch attempt by the New York Knicks to trade Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio was reportedly turned down by the Minnesota Timberwolves before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
The offer was for a straight trade, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Even as the Knicks’ well-publicized efforts were focused on All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, Rose was considered as the more realistic candidate to be sent packing, considering the 6-3 point guard’s lackluster performance in his first season in New York.
Rose is averaging 17.7 points, 4.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 0.7 steals in the 48 games with the Knicks. In 51 games, Rubio has averaged 8.9 points, 8.4 assists. 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported on Wednesday that the Knicks was willing to move Rose even without equal compensation in return.
“The sense I’ve gotten from talking to other teams who’ve talked to New York is they feel like the Knicks would almost give away Derrick Rose right now,” said Wojnarowski.
Rose, who will be paid US$21.3 million this season, is on the last year of his contract and can walk away from the Knicks in the offseason.
The 2008 NBA Rookie of the Year and 2011 NBA MVP would have been reunited with Tom Thibodeau, his former coach with the Chicago Bulls and who is the head coach and president of basketball operations of the Timberwolves.
At the finish line, league sources say, New York was prepared to trade Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio straight up. But the Wolves balked.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017