The New York Knicks are a solid playoff team at the moment.
To become a championship contender, they need to add more talent to their roster after reaching the second round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs.
The Knicks have some decisions to make this offseason, and they’ve already started by parting ways with one of their best veterans.
According to Steve Popper of Newsday Sports, they had a team option on Derrick Rose’s contract for the next year that would not be exercised.
The Knicks will not exercise the option on Derrick Rose’s contract. Rose was a darling of Thibbs and the organization, his role on the court was minimal, but throughout his benching he was a professional player, a voice in the locker room, and this would allow him to explore the opportunities available to him.
— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) June 24, 2023
Rose hasn’t had more minutes of action with the Knicks since last season, going from 24.5 minutes per game last season to just 12.5 minutes this campaign.
His production also decreased, from 12.0 to 5.6 points per game.
Despite the love and admiration Tom Thibodeau has for him, the former NBA MVP has had little role with the Knicks this season.
Now, the point guard will have the option of choosing his new team, hopefully, a contender where he can see minutes.
Rose is one of the most beloved players in the league and at 32, he still has a lot left in him.
The Knicks are headed in a different direction as they have yet to make a winning move and try to stay in good shape ahead of free agency.
Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle are two of their best players at the moment, but this team needs a big superstar to compete for a championship.
Zion Williamson has been mentioned among their potential targets, but only time will tell if they can actually land the controversial Pelicans All-Star.
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