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Derrick Rose says money not a priority in free agency: ‘I want to win’

Derrick Rose will become a free agent for the first time in his career this coming offseason. Despite the New York Knicks star’s contention earlier this season that he would seek a max deal, Rose now claims that money alone isn’t the main factor that will determine his future.

“Not even thinking money. I’ve got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I’ll be all right,” Rose said Thursday night, via ESPN. “I want to win. I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I’m at. But being at the negotiating table, you never know. I’m not going to negotiate with people where money is the No. 1 thing I’m asking for. I want to win.”

Rose never seemed a good fit for the Knicks’ triangle offense. The point guard also was the source of considerable talks at the  trade deadline as well, but nothing ever came to fruition. Coupled with the news the Knicks plan on running the triangle exclusively next season, there’s a real good chance Rose is headed elsewhere, even if he wants to stay.

Regardless of the endgame, Rose plans to enjoy all the free agent activity.

“It’s a part of free agency to see about the other teams out there, whoever is out there, whoever is interested,” Rose said. “At least give them a chance and go from there.

“This will be the first time I’ll be a free agent. I don’t know how that process goes. After the season, me, my agent, my brothers, family will have to talk about it. Of course I want to be here, just being in this environment, being in New York, being at the Garden every other night — it’s a blessing. But, again, I have to really talk it over with my agent and my brothers.”

Rose enjoyed a decent season with the Knicks (27-45) despite the team’s overall struggles and continued dysfunction, playing in 62 games while averaging 17.8 points and 4.4 assists. While there isn’t as much tread on Rose’s tires as there used to be, expect several team’s to come calling.