Several reports have come out saying the Knicks are in trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves regarding Derrick Rose. For the Knicks this is a no-brainer, Derrick Rose was brought in to help the Knicks contend for a playoff spot,and that ship has clearly sailed. Now, it's time to deal him to whatever team is willing to give something up for him, and I mean literally give the Knicks anything for him. The biggest travesty of all would be for the Knicks to keep him, them not make the playoffs, and then he leaves for a new team in free agency, or even worse the Knicks resign him to the ridiculous max contract that he wants. If Phil Jackson wants to start salvaging his reputation as President of the Knicks, now is the time to start doing it, and dealing Rose would be the beginning of that long process. I don't care what they get for him, anything would be a win for them at this point because Rose clearly has no future with this team. Not really sure why the Timberwolves would want him, there's no doubt he'd improve the team, but is adding Rose for not even half a season to try to sneak into the playoffs as an 8th seed really worth it? I'm hoping for the sake of their young up and coming franchise they wouldn't be dumb enough to bring him back at the end of the season if he were to get traded to Minnesota. In addition to losing whatever they'd have to give up for him just to get swept by the Warriors in the first round doesn't seem very logical.
Phil Jackson, please make this trade, I don't care if you get back three pennies and a ball of lint it's better than losing this guy for nothing. Who knows, maybe the T-Wolves will be dumb enough to offer up a first round pick, or a young player like Tyus Jones or Kris Dunn, might seem a little far-fetched, although when a franchise hasn't made the playoffs in 13 years they tend to get a little desperate. If Phil could land a deal where the Knicks actually get real value in return for Rose, not only will he start looking like the zen-master genius again, he'll start to change the narrative around the organization. All he'd have to do after that is fix the Melo situation, which is going to be mission impossible essentially, however if Phil cares about his image half as much as we all think he does, we'll start seeing some major changes. Too proud, too self-absorbed, too obsessed with success to roll over and continue to let the New York media tear him to shreds. Phil it's time to turn this ship around, and trading Derrick Rose is a small step in the right direction.