Derrick Rose’s time in the NBA and with the Chicago Bulls has been full of good times and times that haven’t been the best. Injuries have plagued his career, and some think that he’s just hit a point where he isn’t going any further. Well, he’s not going any further in the place he is, and it would be in his best interest to play elsewhere. That is according to the latest rumors, which suggest Rose will end up being traded to the New York Knicks.
Earlier this season, there was talk that Rose’s time in Chicago could be coming to an end, and it’s not like he was trying to prove any different.
In September, Rose made some very strange comments, and CSN Chicago wasn’t sure that he was anxious to wait until he becomes a free agent in 2017. He’s a Bull now, but when asked about the type of money he could make, it may not be Chicago he’s talking about making it in.
“But when you talk about that much money the only thing you can do is prepare for it. I’m trying to prepare, not only myself, but my family. And I’m doing this all for my son. Like I said, I’m thinking about his future. Even though we’re alright, we’re comfortable, when you talk about that x-amount of dollars, I think it raises everyone’s eyebrows, so there’s nothing wrong with being over-prepared.”
Considering he wasn’t asked about a future contract in any sense of the word, to hear Rose talk about “his day coming” was very off-putting to many Chicago Bulls fans.
Since then, the Bulls have gone through the season and are actually in second place in the Eastern Conference with a current record of 22-12. They are just behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and have a six-game win streak as of Saturday afternoon.
Youth Health Mag still says that the rumors from earlier this season and Rose’s comments from a couple months ago aren’t being forgotten. While Bulls fans have been patient with Derrick Rose, the organization may not necessarily be as forgiving.
His comments that proved he was already thinking about his free agency situation in 2017 are some that are likely lingering in the executive offices of the Chicago Bulls. If Rose is already thinking that he is going to leave and go after the money no matter what, then the Bulls may want to get something for him before they get nothing.
Going off of that, Yibida believes that the New York Knicks could be a likely landing spot for Rose if the Bulls are willing to pull the trigger on the trade.
The Knicks have been the subject of numerous NBA trade rumors in the past month with multiple guards and even landing Dwight Howard. There has even been talk that the Knicks will want to start a youth movement and ship Carmelo Anthony to another team as well.
If the Knicks were to go after Rose, they would likely keep Anthony and work together with a very strong duo. The Chicago Bulls could end up getting Jose Calderon and Aaron Afflalo in the exchange for Rose, and they would truly help in supporting Jimmy Butler.
Other possible trade options for Derrick Rose are the New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Chicago Bulls aren’t struggling and have a good thing going right now, so they may not want to mess with it. If they honestly believe Derrick Rose is going to leave, then trading him before it is too late is the best thing to do, and the New York Knicks wouldn’t be bad partners.
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