The Knicks produced another head-shaking moment Tuesday with the latest rumor flying out of their camp.
According to ESPN.com, the Knicks have "legitimate" interest in re-signing free agent point guard Derrick Rose, despite the player admitting last season the triangle offense wouldn't be his first choice.
"He enjoyed playing here even with the losses, which of course surprises us because he's been on some very successful teams," team president Phil Jackson said of Rose, who made $21 million last season. "But he wants to redeem himself as a player. Which, I like that attitude. I like who Derrick represents as himself. He's very direct about taking on a big challenge."
While the Knicks may want Rose, the former league MVP could prefer a change of scenery.
"Not even thinking money," Rose said before the end of last season. "I've got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I'll be all right. I want to win. I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I'm at.
"But being at the negotiating table, you never know. I'm not going to negotiate with people where money is the No. 1 thing I'm asking for. I want to win."
Rose averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 64 games for New York last season before undergoing season-ending knee surgery.
Not only is Rose's injury history a red flag for the Knicks, they also drafted French International Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 overall pick in last week's draft.
Ntilikina may be a bit raw as he adjusts to the NBA, but at 6-5, he has the height to lead New York's offense.
Another season of Rose and Carmelo Anthony hogging the ball doesn't seem like the Knicks' best play in the long run. The Knicks have some young pieces starting to develop. With little to no chance of contending next year, it may be time for them to start building for the future.