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Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau is on the verge of coaching point guard Derrick Rose a third time.
The Knicks and Pistons are nearing an agreement that would send Dennis Smith Jr. and a draft pick to the Pistons for Rose, as reported by The Athletic and confirmed by The Post.
Sources told The Post Saturday they wouldn’t include a first-round pick in any Rose deal. The draft pick is likely one of their slew of second-round picks.
A source said the Knicks and Pistons are still talking about the trade.
Thibodeau coached Rose in Chicago and Minnesota, and now he’s on the verge of getting him back. The Knicks’ point-guard situation has been handled by starter Elfrid Payton and backup Immanuel Quickley. It’s unclear how the rotation might work, but backup Austin Rivers has struggled and may be removed for Rose.
The Pistons are rebuilding and trying to play their younger players. Rose is 32 and won league MVP under Thibodeau in Chicago. The Post reported Saturday Rose’s preference was to be traded to the Knicks.
Before Sunday’s game against Miami, Thibodeau was asked about his reputation of not wanting to play young players, and he invoked Rose’s name.
“I think you just look at the guys and study who was on each team — Derrick Rose is the youngest MVP in the history of the league,’’ Thibodeau said. “So I don’t worry about that stuff.”
One of the key parts of the Kristaps Porzingis trade two years ago, Smith is no longer part of the Knicks plans, and last week New York put him in the G League bubble to get action and ostensibly increase his trade value. Smith appeared in just three games this season after the Knicks spent the offseason attempting to deal him.
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