Rose suffers torn meniscus, complicating off-season free agency plans

By Arthur Weinstein 3 April 2017 183
Rose suffers torn meniscus, complicating off-season free agency plans

New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose will miss the last few games of the season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee.

The Knicks confirmed the severity of the injury, which will require an arthroscopy, via Twitter on Sunday.

While it won't affect the Knicks' season much - they're currently 29-47 - the injury comes at a particularly bad time for Rose, who is apparently heading for free agency in the off-season.

Rose has had multiple knee problems since his 2010-11 MVP season with the Chicago Bulls. He missed the entire 2012-13 campaign, played only 10 games the following season, and has missed substantial time in every year since.

Now, the question is, which Rose will prospective free agency bidders see in the off-season - a former NBA MVP who can still consistently score and lead a team, or an oft-injured guard who turns 29 before next season starts?

Of course, Rose can still sign a contract extension with the Knicks before July 1, but both sides appear ready to move on.

"You have to think about all that in the offseason,’’ Rose said last month. "I'll be a free agent. I really can't think about or see how it's going to go while I'm still playing here."

Ron Baker and Chasson Randle will split point guard duties as the Knicks close out their season.

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