When it came to free agency, new Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose knew one thing -- he apparently did not want to return to the New York Knicks.
Of course, it didn't seem like the Knicks wanted Rose back, either.
That's the latest from the New York Post, which detailed the split between Rose and New York.
"The Knicks, who kept in contact with Rose until the end, never offered him the veteran’s minimum, according to an NBA source," wrote the Post's Marc Berman, a dialed-in veteran of the Knicks beat.
The Cavs did offer Rose the veteran minimum (one year, $2.1 million) -- and despite a report to the contrary from ESPN, the Cavs were Rose's priority. He just didn't consider them until he realized they too were interested.
Apparently, though, the main thing Rose knew was that one year with the Knicks was enough.
Of course, now he enters a sticky situation with the Cavs, as All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has requested a trade.
Rose's agent, B.J. Armstrong, told the Post that Rose hopes Irving stays in Cleveland, "as Rose is content to be his backup."
That, of course, seems unlikely -- with the Cavs exploring an Irving trade with no less than 20 teams.
Here's more out of New York:
- The Knicks signed veteran point guard Ramon Sessions on Sunday to be a mentor for rookie lottery pick Frank Ntilikina. Sessions' deal is for one year and $2.3 million. He is 31 years old; Ntilikina is 19. The Knicks are Sessions' eighth team in 10 NBA seasons.
- Irving "very badly" wants to join the Knicks, according to ESPN's Pablo Torres. "I got a phone call, and the voice on the other end of that phone call is a trustworthy person,” Torre said. “And he was saying to me that Kyrie Irving very badly wants to be a New York Knick. Kyrie Irving wants to come home."
- The Knicks would offer a trade of Anthony and draft picks for Irving, according to the New York Post, but neither Anthony nor the Cavs want that deal.