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Are the New York Knicks looking to offload Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley from their roster?

The Knicks have too many guards, and are building up their assets for “the next available star.”
New York Knicks guards Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley

Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley

The New York Knicks have been on a bumpy ride this season, and their inability to remain consistent has caused them to slip into the bottom half of the Easter Conference standings. The Knicks have a stacked roster with eleven players who can play the guard position. Seven of those eleven are designated as guards, and others play the make-shift role of either a PG or an SG.

Having so many players for a single position on the squad has led the Knicks' management to think about offloading several players and clearing the gridlock in their roster. The names of Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley have come to the forefront as the two possible players to be sent away.

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Guards leading the way

The Knicks do not have much room for an alternative guard, as Jalen Brunson and R.J. Barrett have been averaging over 30 mins a game. Quickley (21.2) and Evan Fournier (20.7) average more than 20 minutes per game. Rose used to play a role with a comparable amount of playing time, but his workload has decreased since abundant young guards are sitting on the bench as rotational players for the likes of Barrett and Brunson.

Knicks went into free agency to find a young and vibrant point guard, and they found Brunson, who has set the tone for New York this season. Now, they have an abundance of point guards on the roster. Jalen and R.J. are averaging 20 and 17.9 PPG, respectively, with the former leading the roster in APG. On the other hand, an aging Rose has averaged only 13.2 mins per game with 6.8 PPG, and Quickley has accounted for only 8.5 PPG.

Can the Knicks find what they seek?

The Knicks need to overturn their luck this season, and the only solution they see fit right now is to clear out room for Brunson and Barret and hopefully get more needed assets in return.

As Knicks' management claims to be searching for the "next available star," Donovan Mitchell is playing the best basketball of his life in a Cleveland jersey. Hang in there, Knicks fans.

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