Dan Feldman

Derrick Rose spotted at Knicks facility

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Where is Derrick Rose? What’s going on with him?

The first question, spurred by Rose going AWOL for the Knicks’ game against the Pelicans yesterday, has been answered.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

That’s a step in the right direction, but the second question still requires answers.

Multiple theories have been floated. With Rose in New York, it seems he’ll provide more information soon enough.

Report: Many in NBA believe Kevin Durant would’ve signed with Celtics if Warriors beat Cavaliers in 2016 Finals

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 23: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is fouled while driving to the basket by Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics during the game on November 23, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Kevin Durant said he “damn sure” wasn’t signing with the Warriors if they’d won the 2016 championship. Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said he believes Boston was runner-up for Durant.

So…

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

And, in the aftermath, many sources around the NBA come to believe this: Boston might have landed Durant had the Warriors won the Finals — as Durant wouldn’t want to have looked like a man hopping aboard a dynasty.

Well, this certainly supports Grousbeck’s theory – though it’s possible some observers are influenced by Grousbeck’s stated stance.

Consider, though, that Durant entered free agency knowing the Cavaliers beat Golden State in the Finals. Had the Warriors (who were linked to Durant months in advance) won, Durant’s entire free agency – including Boston-favorable elements – could’ve proceeded differently. Durant might have entered the process more content with staying with the Thunder. Perhaps, Golden State’s loss opened his mind to leaving, an outlook that opened the door for the Celtics to finish second.

In other words, maybe no result in the 2015 Finals would’ve led to Durant signing with Boston.

But it’s at least a fun “what if?”

Report: Bulls not making Jimmy Butler available for trade

Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler gestures after hitting a 3-point basket to tie the NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets late in the second half Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 110-107. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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That barely believable Jimmy Butler trade rumor?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Sources with knowledge of the Bulls’ thinking emphatically deny the notion that All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler is available.

Butler is 27, playing like a superstar and locked up until 2019 on a team-friendly contract. He’s incredibly valuable, and it’d be difficult for another team to assemble a trade package that accounts for those factors.

It’d be practically impossible for another team to account for Butler’s unique value to Chicago.

The new veteran-designated-player rule could give the Bulls – and only the Bulls – a huge advantage in extending or resigning Butler. Those rights aren’t transferred in a trade. They exist because Chicago drafted and kept him.

So, unless another team has a vastly different perception than the Bulls of Butler’s abilities, he’s way more valuable in Chicago than anywhere else. Hence, a trade seems next to impossible.

Report: Distance from son in Chicago ‘weighing very heavily’ on Derrick Rose

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About a year ago, Chicago native Derrick Rose said he wanted to spend his entire career with the Bulls and cited his son:

Just having my son [P.J.], I’m doing all this because of my son now, you know? Just wanting to be around him every day, having him come up here, shoot with me or see me shooting til he’s able to become a ball boy. Little things like that I think about long term.

Last summer, the Bulls traded Rose to the Knicks. After an initial honeymoon phase, something is clearly wrong in New York. Rose is AWOL and reportedly believed to have returned to Chicago.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

Paralleling what I wrote about Rose’s reported feud with Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek: Rose might be burdened by missing his son. That may or may not explain all or part of the guard skipping a Knicks game.

Rose wouldn’t be the first person who struggled as work took him far from his family. He’d just be dealing with it on a far bigger stage than most. That situation would usually garner sympathy, but Rose’s stature and fans’ loyalty to organizations rather than players won’t earn him much benefit of the doubt – though he could still get, and might deserve, some.

On that note, a reminder of Kurt’s wise point: We might get fed a version of events that doesn’t necessarily match reality but is what Rose and/or the Knicks believe they can sell, especially now as we’re all light on answers for such a strange situation.

Kyle O’Quinn ejected for hacking Anthony Davis, who crashed into crowd (video)

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Derrick Rose never showed up. Carmelo Anthony got ejected.

Kyle O'Quinn didn’t leave the Knicks loss to the Pelicans in quite the same way, but his (questionable) flagrant 2 on Anthony Davis got O’Quinn tossed.