Derrick Rose to Seek Max Deal in Free Agency

For the Knicks, Rose is their point guard and floor general. Porzingis should be considered day-to-day going forward, but he'll benefit from a two-day break before the Knicks' next game Sunday in Toronto. "I was surprised just like anybody else", he said. Far from me to disparage either one of those factions, you guys are both valued parts of our readership and we're all kinda in this together, aren't we.

Though he didn't so much as text the organization to say he wasn't showing up for Monday's game against New Orleans to be with his family in Chicago, Rose said he believes his teammates have accepted his apologies. The Knicks led for most of the game, and at some point around midway through, New York Daily News columnist Frank Isola assessed the Sixers' play as bad enough to declare the team "officially terrible". NY is at home and Carmelo should be in a takeover mode while Rose should be giving his all to prove his loyalty to his team after his departure earlier in the week. Who knows? This is a business.

He has said in the past he missed his 4-year-old son, who lives in Chicago.

For comparison purposes, that type of contract would mark an increase of almost $10 million from Rose's current price tag of $21.3 million in 2016-17. So the question is, when Rose asks for the max deal, will he try to stay in NY for the long term?

He returned on Wednesday, scoring 25 points in the Knicks' 98-97 buzzer-beater loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The starting five of Michael Carter-Williams, Wade, Zipser, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez tallied just seven of the meager 20 assists overall.

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But likely numb to the criticism because he had to be, Rose never took the easiest path with the public, never walked the line that was presented to him because he acquiescing to anyone who doesn't truly know him doesn't matter to him.

He continued: "I just feel Derrick has grown into his own. The big thing is trying to put him in position to get him some shots", said of McDermott.

Kristaps Porzingis again sits out with sore Achilles: Kristaps Porzingis' troublesome left Achilles flared up again and kept him out of Thursday night's game against the Bulls. The cost of putting family first, in case you're wondering, is reportedly just under $200,000.

The Knicks would need to use almost all of their cap space to ink Rose to a max contract.

"Save me from myself?" he said. Did Hoiberg really think playing a rookie with not even a full game-worth of National Basketball Association minutes would make much of a difference towards stopping a perennial offensive juggernaut? Come down and end you?