23 June 2016

Derrick Rose to New York Knicks

Derrick Rose
After the NBA Finals, which saw the Cleveland Cavaliers come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the series against the Golden State Warriors, NBA watchers are eager for major trades to happen.

The first big nae to be traded is Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, who will now don the New York Knicks next season.

The Bulls finally have moved from the Rose era, and they have a big man to replace the two they are losing.

Chicago and New York have reached a deal that will send Rose to New York for the final year of his contract, something first reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

To be clear, the Knicks get: Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 2nd-round pick.

The Bulls get Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant, and Jose Calderon.

The Knicks desperately needed an upgrade at the point to play the way new coach Jeff Hornacek wants, this gets them a guy who averaged 16.4 points and 4.7 assists per game. He's still good on the pick-and-roll, and at the end of last season he showed more bounce and explosion.

Rose may never get to be MVP Rose again, but he's an upgrade over what the Knocks had, and it’s an expiring deal the Knicks are not saddled with long term.

No Lopez means expect the Knicks to go after all the key free agent bigs — Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Joakim Noah.

But in the short term, Rose with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis should be in the mix to make the playoffs in the East. If they can stay healthy.

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