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Knicks PG Derrick Rose undergoes ankle surgery, out at least 8 weeks

Veteran guard will miss at least the next two months. We break down the fantasy basketball impact.

Derrick Rose #4 of the New York Knicks looks on against the Houston Rockets during the first half at Toyota Center on December 16, 2021 in Houston, Texas.  Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

New York Knicks PG Derrick Rose underwent successful surgery on his right ankle and will be re-evaluated in eight weeks, the team announced Wednesday. Rose had been sidelined since Dec. 16 due to the injury. The 33-year-old PG has had his fair share of injuries, this being the latest in a low line of lower-body procedures. He had been putting together a solid season off the bench, though the Knicks’ season isn’t exactly going as planned so far.

The Knicks face the Washington Wizards on Thursday before Christmas Day’s matchup with the Atlanta Hawks. The Knicks may not end up being able to play the Hawks, but that’s neither here nor there. Rose’s absence creates a scoring void on the second unit. There are a few names who could replace him. Let’s take a look.

Fantasy basketball impact

The Knicks will eventually have a few good replacements for Rose on the second unit. All three are relatively young. Immanuel Quickley is the first name you look at. He’s regressed a bit in his second season, but you could attribute that more to the Knicks’ overall struggles and Alec Burks and Evan Fournier. Perhaps an increased role is all Quickley needs to get back on track.

Quentin Grimes could steal Quickley’s thunder real fast. Before landing in COVID protocols, Grimes had a career-high 27 points against the Bucks. This was while Rose was healthy and Quickley was not in protocols. Thibs could go right to Grimes when he clears protocols, which could be soon.