The New York Knicks have not yet turned down Derrick Rose‘s $15.6 million team option for the 2023-24 season, but it’s a move the organization should make. Rose averaged a career-high 5.6 points and played in just 27 games in 2022-23 even as he entered the season healthy.
The 34-year-old was not traded before the deadline or bought by the Knicks, and he seemed happy to stay in New York for the entire season. He embraced a key leadership role for the Knicks even though he wasn’t producing on the court. Rose also got some playoff minutes in the first round after MSG fans chanted his name.
No matter how much New York loves Rose, there’s no need to pay nearly $16 million to a player who won’t be in the rotation. As bittersweet as it may be, all signs point to Rose’s time with the Knicks coming to an end.