While the job will eventually belong to Isaiah Thomas, the former Celtic won't be ready until late-December, at the earliest, meaning Rose could serve as the starter for nearly half of the regular season. Of course, Rose is nowhere near the player he once was, but he should benefit from playing alongside LeBron James and a talented Cavaliers roster, despite the fact that he's coming off of the worst three-point shooting season of his career. Rose shot less than 22 percent from three in 2016-17, though he did convert 47.1 percent of his field goal attempts, overall. Even with the increased role to begin the year, Rose remains a fringe fantasy option, as James will likely end up as the Cavs' primary playmaker and distributor whenever he's on the floor.
Rose was expected to choose between the Lakers and Cavaliers in what will likely be a one-year deal at a minimal price. Rose could potentially be entering an advantageous situation for a comeback, as starting star point guard Kyrie Irving has reportedly requested a trade from the team. Should he actually be traded, and depending on who the Cavaliers get in return, Rose could be in line for a heavy workload playing alongside LeBron James. However, that is all speculation at the moment, and in the meantime Rose figures to be in line for a role providing scoring off the bench. The 28-year-old is six years removed from an MVP season before significantly injuring his knee the following year. He is coming off his best season statistically since suffering the injury.
The Knicks have indicated that they're interested in bringing Rose, an unrestricted free agent, back next season, but at this point it's unclear where he'd fit in their future plans. While Ntilikina may not be ready to command the offense right away, he's clearly the Knicks' point guard of the future, so his addition to the team could potentially influence the Knicks' front office as it decides whether or not to make a run at keeping Rose this summer.
Rose (knee) underwent a left knee arthroscopy to repair his torn meniscus on Monday.
It was announced on Sunday that Rose would miss the remainder of the season due to his torn meniscus. The point guard has suffered a plethora of knee injuries in his career, but this particular one appears to be on the more minor side. The team described the surgery as "uncomplicated" and said that he is expected to resume basketball activities in 3-to-6 weeks. Rose will be a free agent this offseason and, though his injury will likely hurt his stock, it may not decrease his value as much as originally anticipated.
Rose (knee) has a torn meniscus in his knee and will miss the rest of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Rose just can't catch a break, as the oft-injured point guard has once again suffered a knee injury that should keep him out for an extended period of time. While a torn meniscus isn't necessarily the worst case scenario, it's still a tough blow for Rose, who will likely now see a much smaller market for his services as he heads into free agency this summer. Rose finishes his 2016-17 campaign playing in 64 games, averaging 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists across 32.5 minutes, but has likely played his last game with the Knicks. Ron Baker should finish out the last two weeks of the season as the Knicks' starting point guard, offering him a decent uptick in minutes.
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