Bobby Marks: Best Opportunity For Durant Is With Thunder

Just as Bulls fans are split on trading Derrick Rose, Knicks fans are split on acquiring him. Rose is five years removed from his 2011 MVP season and hasn’t averaged even 18 points per game since 2012.

Injuries and surgeries will do that to a point guard.

Was trading for Rose a smart move?

“Well, I think it’s low-risk and you get Rose on the last year of his deal,” The Vertical’s Bobby Marks said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I’d rather have Rose on a one-year deal than go out and spend $100+ million on a Mike Conley in that regard. The only concern, I guess, is the (Robin) Lopez contract going out with the cap going up because there is some value to it and everything. I think we’ll have to wait and see what New York does with their $30 million in room this summer. If they go out and sign the Dwight Howards of the world, then I probably raise my eye to what they just did. But for right now, yeah, I’m fine with the Rose move.”

The Knicks, of course, aren’t the only team trying to trade or acquire major pieces. The Thunder are reportedly shopping Serge Ibaka, which may or may not be a wise move.

After all, what kind of message would trading your starting power forward send to free-agent-to-be Kevin Durant?

“You better have a good plan, if that’s the case, when you meet with Durant July 1,” Marks said. “I would hope that any move, if you’re Oklahoma City, that you’ve got to have him kind of in the loop a little bit here. Not to get his blessing, but kind of run something by him. If it raises a red flag for him, then I would be overly cautious as far as (making) a deal like that.”

Ultimately, though, Marks believes that Durant, 27, will return to the Thunder.

“I think if you look at the Oklahoma City team, they’ve got a great core (that’s) still in their 20s,” Marks said. “Go the one-year route and go into free agency with Westbrook next summer to possibly become the best free-agent class we’ve seen in awhile. I just think the opportunities out there are much stronger in Oklahoma City.”

Looking ahead to the NBA Draft, Marks believes Ben Simmons, the presumptive No. 1 pick, has a lot of upside.

“There’s so many question marks with Simmons, but I do like him, especially (since we don’t label players as much),” Marks said. “He’s a position-less player going forward. I just hope they kind of provide him with some good leadership, some veterans in that locker room going forward – unlike maybe with what happened with (Jahlil) Okafor this previous year. I think what Bryan Colangelo does in free agency will really help with Simmons’ development going forward.”

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