KEY POINTS

  • The Knicks and Clippers are eyeing trade moves for Derrick Rose
  • New York has the cap space to accommodate Rose
  • Knicks mentor Tom Thibodeau is keen to reunite with his former player

The Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks are reportedly interested in acquiring Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose before the March trade deadline.

Both team's pursuit of Rose was first reported by the Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The veteran guard has reignited his career in the last couple of seasons, averaging 14.7 points and 4.5 assists while playing 23.4 minutes per game this year.

As per Marc Berman of the New York Post, The Knicks are yet to hold formal talks with the Pistons about a trade. But head coach Tom Thibodeau is said to be orchestrating the negotiations as the 63-year-old shot-caller once coached Rose during his time with the Chicago Bulls.

“The Knicks, among others, have interest in Rose, an NBA source familiar with the situation confirmed to The Post,” Berman wrote. “According to sources, the Knicks have not had any discussions yet with the Pistons.”

“The Post has learned Thibodeau pushed hard to sign Gibson recently for depth. Sources close to Thibodeau believe he would still like to reunite with Rose,” he added.

The Knicks have $18 million in cap space that will allow them to easily absorb Rose’s current contract without having to sacrifice a player.

The Pistons guard will provide an upgrade to the franchise’s backcourt, with current starting point guard Elfrid Payton norming 12.6 points and 3.9 assists while shooting 43.5%.

The Clippers, meanwhile, are expected to be met with difficulties in accommodating Rose into the squad with Lou Williams in the mix. In addition, Los Angeles is pressed up against the hard cap and would likely need to include a key player in any deal to make the numbers work.

 Derrick Rose #25 of the Detroit Pistons guards Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers Derrick Rose #25 of the Detroit Pistons guards Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers Photo: Getty Images | John McCoy