Chicago Bulls: 3 reasons team won’t pursue Derrick Rose

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Derrick Rose had an excellent season with the New York Knicks after the Detroit Pistons traded him away for barely anything in exchange (Dennis Smith Jr. and a 2021 second-round pick).

With the Knicks, Rose played 35 games and started at point guard in three of them. He averaged 14.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. Rose shot 48.7 percent from the field, 41.1 from beyond the arc, and 88.3 percent from the line.

Rose recorded a positive net rating on the floor with a 115 offensive rating and a 110 defensive rating while on the court. He also recorded a positive box plus/minus, attributing much success to his defense as much as his offense.

In the playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Rose averaged 19.4 points per game, four rebounds, and five assists in the series loss.

The bottom line is — Rose had a great time playing for the Knicks.

With the Knicks currently slated with the highest cap space in the NBA before the offseason, they are one of the only teams to have a positive cap space before the official start of the offseason.

This means that Rose could get paid this offseason and improve on his average $7.5 million per year contract he had with the Pistons.