Derrick Rose says he wants to return to Knicks next season, hopes AWOL incident doesn’t hurt that

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Derrick Rose bet on his future last summer, accepting a one-year deal with the Knicks. Play well and he would make his money back next summer. Ideally with a max contract.

The Knicks are unsure if they are going to bring Rose back, but he wants to stay in Manhattan and hopes going AWOL for a game on Monday doesn’t change that, Rose told Michael Lee of The Vertical.

At every chance, Rose has been adamant about wanting to stay in New York after his contract expires this summer. Rose is hopeful that his brief disappearance won’t prohibit the two sides from reaching an agreement on a long-term deal. “When I was in the room, I felt like they understood where I was coming from,” Rose said. “I hope one incident didn’t change their mind. Who knows? This is a business. If it was to happen, I still would want to play the way I normally know how to play wherever I’m at.”

This incident may not be a deciding factor, but it combined with his play make it a question if they bring him back. Or, to be more accurate, how much they are willing to pay him to come back.

Rose is right now an average point guard. He has a PER of 16 and a Value Over Replacement Player of -0.01, both saying he’s in the middle of the bell curve (stats via basketball-reference.com). He’s giving the Knicks 17.5 points per game, but when he tries to dominate the ball too much the team gets in trouble — the Knicks are 2-12 when he takes 17 or more shots per game.

How much is an average starting point guard worth? Certainly not a $30 million a season max, maybe not even half of that. The question next summer for the Knicks is what is their price, and can they get anyone as good or better — somebody younger who has good chemistry with Kristaps Porzingis — for similar money? What other teams may be willing to step in and poach Rose?

A lot of that is on Rose. Play well and within himself the second half of this season and the AWOL issue will get overlooked. Give people reason to doubt him and it will not. He’s really playing for that next contract now.