Report: Derrick Rose unsure of future with Knicks

NBA.com Staff

With the Feb. 23 trade deadline looming, it seems Carmelo Anthony isn’t the only member of the Knicks looking over his shoulder these days.

Point guard Derrick Rose told ESPN’s Ian Begley that he isn’t certain he’ll survive a purge if New York team president Phil Jackson opts for a total housecleaning over pursuing a playoff berth this season. The Knicks are currently 1 1/2 games out of the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference.

“I’m on a one-year deal so I can’t talk that much about it,” Rose said. “The rebuild could be me going, too. I don’t know,” he said. “My job is to focus whenever I’m on the court, just try to win games, try to be positive, try to get better. Like I said from the beginning, I’m chasing something. I’m trying to get back to myself and I’m trying to play consistent games.”

Rose, a free agent this summer, acknowledged he has thought about the possibility that he could be traded. He knows that players in the final year of their contracts are attractive trade chips. But the 28-year-old said Friday he hasn’t had conversations with management or his agent, B.J. Armstrong, about any potential deals.

“It’s something that hasn’t been out there. It is a thought, like (I’m on) a one-year deal,” Rose said. “It is a business. Just got to wait and see.”