Derrick Rose will prioritize winning over money when he hits free agency for the first time in his career this offseason. Rose was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the New York Knicks last offseason.
“Not even thinking money. I’ve got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I’ll be all right,” Rose told reporters in Utah on Wednesday night. “I want to win. I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I’m at. But being at the negotiating table, you never know. I’m not going to negotiate with people where money is the No. 1 thing I’m asking for. I want to win.”
Rose is averaging 17.8 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 32 minutes per game for New York.
The Knicks haven’t ruled out potentially re-signing Rose. Rose has talked about being uncomfortable in the Knicks’ triangle offense several times over the course of the season.
Asked on Wednesday whether he can fit in the triangle, Rose said, “I’d be fine.” He added: “I’m just confident in any offense.”
Rose will take an open approach to free agency.
“It’s a part of free agency to see about the other teams out there, whoever is out there, whoever is interested. At least give them a chance and go from there.
“This will be the first time I’ll be a free agent. I don’t know how that process goes,” he added. “After the season, me, my agent, my brothers, family will have to talk about it. Of course I want to be here, just being in this environment, being in New York, being at the Garden every other night — it’s a blessing. But, again, I have to really talk it over with my agent and my brothers.”