New York Teams

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's why Derrick Rose changed his number from 1 to 25, the number he wore as a high school star in Chicago: "I'm playing in New York but I'm bringing something from Chicago with me out here. That's one of the reasons I chose No. 25." Rose wore No. 25 as a high school player at Chicago powerhouse Simeon Career Academy. The number was also worn at Simeon by Ben Wilson, the late Chicago prep star.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Undefeated's Marc Spears tweeted on draft night that while Rajon Rondo is open to staying in Sacramento he also had interest in Brooklyn. The NBA is a point guard's league, and the rebuilding Nets are in desperate need of one.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets and other teams have been allowed to speak to Jose Reyes' agents since he landed on release waivers on Thursday. The only prohibition is on talking terms of a contract until he becomes a free agent at 1 p.m. ET Saturday. But the terms are pretty much moot since every team would pay him the prorated MLB minimum.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose on Kristaps Porzingis: "That's somebody I would die to play with and now I got two of those guys (in KP & Carmelo)."

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Girardi said " the plan" is for Mark Teixeira to rejoin the Yankees for Saturday's game, although there is a caveat: "Our plan is to give him today (off) to make sure that he's OK and then get him back in there tomorrow. " Teixeira, on the DL since June 4 with a cartilage tear in his right knee, just finished a 3-game rehab assignment for AAA Scranton, where he went 1-for-9 with a walk. Teixeira is hitting just .180 with 3 HRs and 12 RBI. "I know he's off to a slow start but I really don't think that's going to continue," Girardi said. "We expect him to be Mark."

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Chicago exit emotional for Derrick Rose (2:04)

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets have internally talked about several positions for Jose Reyes. That includes the outfield. They've also discussed a utility role and being primarily being a third baseman or second baseman.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins acknowledged he's already discussed with his staff how the Mets would use Jose Reyes assuming he lands with the Mets. Reyes will become a free agent on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins hopes that Steven Matz can throw 110 pitches on Friday night against the Braves. Still, after Matz had elbow tightness in his last start, Collins said: "We'll keep a close eye on him."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose says he's highly motivated to make the playoffs with the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony will appreciate that.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose: Number 25 was all for Chicago. It grew me into the man I am right now. Says he wanted to bring a piece of Chicago with him.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose: "Last year I think I had a (great year) coming off of three surgeries." He says he feels like he can only get better.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose says he's feeling healthy this summer: "I feel like something special is going to happen (this coming season)."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose says he may get involved in recruiting free agents to New York this summer.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose says he's thankful that the Bulls traded him to New York. Says he feels he'll be appreciated by the fan base.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose on free-agent Joakim Noah: "Oh, I want him... He knows that I want to play with him."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose, a free agent in 2017, says he's hopeful that he can be in New York long-term. He says he got a welcome reaction from Knicks fans since the trade.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose says he comes to the Knicks with a singular focus: "I just want to win." Says he knows there will be pressure in New York.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose says hearing about the trade was emotional. Says he chose No. 25 to bring his hometown of Chicago with him. It was his high school number and the number of the late Ben Wilson, a Chicago high school legend.

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Friday's Mets-Braves lineups

The Mets welcome center fielder Yoenis Cespedes back to the lineup after two days to face Aaron Blair and the Braves.

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Knicks sign undrafted Ron Baker

The Knicks have reportedly signed Wichita State's Ron Baker after he went undrafted Thursday night. The Shockers' standout averaged 14 points and 4.8 rebounds in his senior season. SNY

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek wants Kristaps Porzingis, the 7-3, 240-pound big man, to get stronger. But he doesn't want him to add weight solely to match up against 5s: "If he's 7-3 and he's got a little bit more bulk to him, that he can play that 5," Hornack said Thursday. "We obviously want to get him stronger. But to put on a bunch of weight so he can play more of the five is not a great thing to do."

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