Chicago-Native Derrick Rose Traded To The New York Knicks, Good Move?

Published On June 22, 2016 | By john | Latest posts, News, Pro Sports, sports news, The Barbershop, Uncategorized

BY:  John “Hennry” Harris

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the NBA champs and with the upcoming NBA Draft and free agency teams are busy at work making improvements to their squads for a run at next year’s championship.


According to multiple reports, the Chicago Bulls are trading Derrick Rose sending the Chicago-native to the New York Knicks.

The former MVP who has been hampered by injuries has one year and $21 million left on his contract, but should still be an upgrade at the guard position as Phil Jackson and the Knicks continue to build their roster.

 


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Derrick Rose has been but a mere shadow of his former self since tearing his ACL in the 2011-12 playoffs and suffering other debilitating injuries in the following years.

However, Phil Jackson, who is getting Rose in the final year of his deal, is making a reasonable gamble on Rose to perform well in his contract year.

 

Rose became even more expendable with the rise of Jimmy Butler who has shown to be a force on the offense and defensive ends of the court.drosedriving

Still, Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf called the trade a “hard one” to make.

“Everyone knows him as the local kid who became MVP for his hometown team, but not everyone got to know him like I did,” he said in a statement. “While he is a terrific basketball player, he is an even better person with a tremendous heart.”

Newly hired Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek also weighed on the acquisition of Derrick Rose:

melorose“This is an exciting day for New York and our fans,” Hornacek said in a statement. “Derrick is one of the top point guards in the NBA who is playoff-battle-tested. He adds a whole new dynamic to our roster and immediately elevates our backcourt.”

There is still more moves to be made by the Chicago Bulls as the acquisition of Robin Lopez effectively makes disgruntled veteran Joakim Noah expendable.

It is quite possible that Noah could end up in New York as well, who seems to be a good fit, but there are talks of him possibly ending up in Los Angeles with the Lakers as well.

Rose, a six-year veteran, has only appeared on half of the Bulls’ regular-season games over the last four years as he battled through injuries, including two major knee surgeries.

Rose averaged 16.4 points and 4.7 assists in 66 games in 2016-16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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