After a crazy ending to a terrible All-Star weekend, with the New Orleans Pelicans acquiring DeMarcus Cousins in a blockbuster trade from the Sacramento Kings, the NBA trade deadline is starting to heat up.
According to multiple reports, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the New York Knicks are in trade discussions that would send Knicks’ point guard, Derrick Rose to Minnesota.
ESPN reports that other teams are interested in the former league M.V.P. but League sources have shot down the rumor.
They’ve also told DYST that Knicks’ Phil Jackson is strongly pursuing a trade that would not only send Rose to Minnesota, but Joakim Noah too.
The only problem with Noah is, his contract. His four-year, $72 million deal isn’t that appealing for teams, especially a young team like Minnesota. However, the deal would reunite Noah and Rose with their former coach, Tom Thibodeau. Noah could take the veteran leader role like Kevin Garnett did in Minnesota, but again his contract is scary.
Most likely scenario: Rose is dealt to Minnesota with some sort of combination of Ricky Rubio and other Wolves’ players in return. The Wolves want to move Rubio and feel that Rose reuniting with Thibodeau may spark something. But more importantly, Rose has an expiring deal which allows them to get out of Rubio’s deal and free up playing time for Kris Dunn next season.
Whichever deal does go down, if one does, Cole Aldrich will most likely be in the deal as Jackson is big fan of the big man.
Likely deal, that’s being discussed, Ricky Rubio, Shabazz Muhammed and Cole Aldrich for Derrick Rose and Lance Thomas.