Derek Rose’s value may exceed what he could produce on Earth for the Knicks. His presence alone can prioritize free agency.
The veteran goalkeeper is another link between the Knicks and Desirable goalkeeper Galen BronsonTheir bond goes back to Bronson’s formative years in Illinois when Rose was the Bulls’ primary guard and Bronson dreamed of playing in the NBA one day.
“Galen was moving to the Bulls facility and training with the Bulls players,” Pat Ambrose, the Bronson coach at Adlai Stevenson High School who is still close to him, told The Post in a phone interview. “This is where he became close friends with Derek Rose. So your story goes deeper with the Knicks. Derek saw that young Galen was a very good player, Derek was a kid in Chicago, and he really started coaching Galen in basketball.”
At the time, Bronson’s father, Rick, was an assistant coaching staff member Tom Tibodo, the same role he now plays with the Knicks. It’s another layer, on top of Bronson’s relationship with Tibodo, President Leon Rose and CEO William Wesley – plus the fact that Rose’s son, Sam, is Bronson’s agent – may work for the Knicks as they look to get talented. He is 25 years old and out of his career.
that they I started creating a salary cap space Thursday To pay big money to Bronson, trading from the first round and dealing Kemba Walker with the Pistons, creating what is now $18 million of the room. There is still work to be done, with Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel likely to move in, so the Knicks could make the former Villanova star a tempting proposition. Bronson grew up in southern New Jersey before moving to Lincolnshire, Illinois, for middle school and still has roots in the area, owning a home on the Jersey Shore. His mother, Sandra, is a huge football fan of the Giants team.
“I’m sure Leon Rose will play all these relationships,” Ambrose said. “I wouldn’t be surprised [if he wound up with the Knicks]. …the positive thing about Knicks is that he chose to go home once [for college] And there was success. He might have chosen to go home again.”
The coach later added, “He loves Dallas, and I know he loves Dallas. But he’s a [New] Jersey/New York Man”.
Bronson’s priority remains unknown. When choosing a college, Villanova chose Michigan and Illinois for multiple reasons, according to Ambrose. As his coach said, Bronson loved the idea of returning to the Northeast and joining a successful program. It didn’t bother him that as an all-American McDonald’s, he was initially taking the backseat to Ryan Arsedicono and didn’t have the ball in his hands from jumping, as he did in other schools. This selflessness could work against the Knicks, as they would sell the two-time National Champion at the chance of a bigger role.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks are in a much better place as a brand after reaching the Western Conference finals with Bronson playing a major role, albeit as winger Luka Doncic.
“Being the guy I wouldn’t say would be a great thing for him,” Ambrose said. “He puts the ball in his hands, any NBA player wants that, but he wants to win. I know winning is important to him and I know that something he is really proud of leads to wins and wins. That’s always his focus.”
Obviously, there is still a lot of uncertainty a week before the free agency period begins. Knicks still needs to clear more space for the hood. Although Ambrose said he wouldn’t be surprised if Bronson gets the Knicks, his former star also enjoys playing with the Mavericks, who can give him five more than the Knicks four. In Dallas, the former second-round pick developed into a strong NBA player and exited a long playoff in which he was somewhat of a superstar, averaging 21.6 points per game.
It’s also unclear how much money the Mavericks are willing to pay to keep Bronson, if they’re going to go into the extra yard as the Knicks seem willing to do.
“Not much money talking, but how much more money?” Ambrose asked. “If Dallas insults him a little bit by a low ball bid and New York shows he really wants him, he might turn things around.
“He’s also a guy who knows he can help build a winner, he can work on that, and the future in the NBA can be ephemeral, whether it’s injury or drafts and things like that. He obviously knows Tom Tibodo very well and he knows the guy knows how to. Build winners.
The Knicks have reportedly added a second player to the Garrison Brooks striker’s Exhibit 10 contract. The 6-foot-9 Brooks spent the past year in Mississippi, averaging 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and shooting 34.2 percent from a 3-point range. Previously attended North Carolina.
Thursday night, Knicks goalkeeper Jean Montero signed an Exhibit 10 deal. The 6-foot-2 Montero comes from the new high school league, Overtime Elite, which pays players. The Exhibit 10 contract includes an invitation to a training camp and a summer league.
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