Derrick Rose’s agent B.J. Armstrong insisted the three-time NBA All-Star wants to stay with the Knicks, despite being included in trade negotiations.
Rose was traded by the Bulls in June but the former MVP point guard has not completely convinced people in New York, having angered Knicks officials when he missed last month’s loss to the Pelicans without informing the team.
The 28-year-old Chicago native was subject to trade interest before the deadline, but Armstrong reiterated Rose’s desire to remain at Madison Square Garden.
The consensus among front office executives who discussed the matter with USA TODAY Sports this week was that his draft stock won’t be harmed by his father’s controversial style. As one general manager put it, and many other executives confirmed in various forms when consulted on the matter, “No one’s paying attention to Ball’s father.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed that LaVar’s comments aren’t helping his sons. “I think it’d be better for them if they can just play and have fun and not have to hear that every day,” Kerr said.
Others don’t see the harm.
“There are players who come from more challenging family situations who have (done) quite well in the NBA,” an unidentified general manager told USA Today.
Another unnamed NBA executive added, “Passing on the kid because of the father may not hold up well over time.”
Lonzo is expected to declare for the NBA Draft after this season and is a consensus top-five pick in the upcoming lottery. His brothers, high schoolers LiAngelo and LaMelo, have committed to follow Lonzo’s footsteps to UCLA.