Derrick Rose (Mark Blinch/Getty Pictures)
The New York Knicks reportedly “need
to hold onto” level guard Derrick Rose regardless of rumors his contract
might be vital within the group’s pursuit of Utah Jazz capturing guard
Tony Jones of The Athletic reported
Friday on the HoopsHype podcast the Knicks and Jazz have not been
near an settlement on Mitchell all through the
offseason, and that is still the case with a number of sticking factors,
together with Rose being a “favourite” of head coach Tom Thibodeau and
the group’s hesitation to incorporate younger gamers on team-friendly
New York has been probably the most continuously
talked about doable touchdown spot for Mitchell, a three-time All-Star,
however discussions have been sluggish.
That is truly been the case round
the NBA ever for the reason that Minnesota Timberwolves paid a excessive worth,
headlined by 4 first-round picks and a decide swap, to accumulate
defensive cornerstone Rudy Gobert from the Jazz.
Now each entrance workplace should weigh
presents for his or her gamers in opposition to that package deal, which additionally included
impression veterans Patrick Beverley and Malik Beasley.
It is no shock the Jazz would need
one thing comparable for Mitchell. On this case, they’re focusing on the
likes of Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes from the
Knicks, per Jones.
New York has remained hesitant
all through the offseason about going all-in to accumulate a marquee
In mid-July, SNY’s Ian Begley reported
the Knicks’ entrance workplace was involved “there would not be sufficient
left on the roster to area a contending group” if it paid a king’s
ransom for a participant like Mitchell.
The important thing query could also be whether or not the
Jazz are completely targeted on beginning a full-scale rebuild, which
would obtain one other increase from a monster return for Mitchell, or if
they’re OK retaining him whereas the roster reconstruction continues.
Jones reported it is the latter, at
least on the present stage.
“They do not really feel like they should
commerce Mitchell or are obligated,” he mentioned on the HoopsHype
podcast. “They do not really feel an urgency to commerce him. They assume they
have a number of roads again to being the group they had been a few
years in the past.”
There additionally is not any contract stress,
as Mitchell’s deal runs by means of 2024-25 with a participant choice for
So the Jazz are ready the place
they will demand groups pay their worth, and to this point the
Knicks have not proven a willingness to half with that many property.
As for Rose, he’ll doubtless be ticketed
for a smaller function this season following the free-agent signing of
Jalen Brunson to run the group’s offense, however he may nonetheless present
priceless minutes off the bench whereas being a mentor for the group’s
The 2010-11 NBA MVP is getting into the
closing assured season of his three-year, $43.6 million contract,
although the Knicks maintain a membership choice for 2023-24.