NBA Trade Rumors: New York Knicks Discussing Derrick Rose Trade

Derrick Rose is bound for New York City. Well, maybe.

The latest NBA trade rumor has the New York Knicks interested in the Chicago Bulls' point guard. The question is, do the Knicks have something that the Bulls would want for Derrick Rose?

ESPN's Ian Begley broke the news about the New York Knicks' having internal discussions about trading for the Bulls' Derrick Rose.

Derrick Rose would be a great fit with the New York Knicks. The 6-foot, 3-inch tall point guard should have a chip on his shoulder once the season starts. That would benefit the Knicks, or any team that acquires him.

As a free agent to be, Derrick Rose will look to showcase himself to the rest of the NBA. He will look to score at a high clip, make his teammates better, and push himself to NBA all-star consideration once again.

For the New York Knicks to ponder a trade for Derrick Rose, they must have come to the conclusion he can help them. That is despite his pending free agency status for 2017. The Knicks will overlook that, with the belief they can convince Rose to stay long-term if everything works out. Adding Derrick Rose solves two problems for the Knicks.

Truth be told, the Knicks always crave star power. Madison Square Garden is considered the Mecca of basketball. Fans come out in droves, filling up the seats in an effort to witness greatness. Sometimes that greatness happens for the home team. Other times, it is the visitors who have their way. The latter has taken place quite a bit as of late.

Derrick Rose
Acquiring Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls could give the New York Knicks some additional star power to pack Madison Square Garden. [Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images]Three years after not making the NBA Playoffs, any news about the Knicks looking into the status of a player with a proven resume is good news. Derrick Rose would not come without criticism, though.

Rose dazzled fans, and the NBA, when he led the Chicago Bulls to the best record in the Eastern Conference in the 2010-11 season. He would go on to win the MVP award. He could get the Bulls to the NBA Finals. The following year was a lockout-shortened season. Rose led the Bulls to the top seed once again, only to tear his ACL in Game 1. Most players typically return from an ACL tear within 9 months to a year. However, Rose did not return, leaving the Bulls to play without him when he could have helped. Other knee injuries have followed; now, Derrick Rose is not the same player he once was.

That led some fans to call him selfish for not sacrificing his health and/or comfort to return that season. If the Knicks were to somehow make a trade with the Bulls to obtain him, it will be curious to see what player they receive. Would it be the Derrick Rose before or after the injuries?

Arron Afflalo
If the New York Knicks were to trade for the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose, any deal would almost have to include guard Arron Afflalo. As long as he does not exercise his player option. [Photo by Elsa/Getty Images]For the Knicks, it should not matter. The objective is to put together a winner. Acquiring Derrick Rose from the Bulls gets the Knicks one step closer to being a winning team again. All the Knicks have to do is make the playoffs this season. It would be a sign that things are going in the right direction.

There is one potential hiccup for the Knicks: They do not have an abundance of assets to send back to the Bulls. On a good note, the Knicks could get under the salary cap of guard Arron Afflalo or forward Derrick Williams if they exercise their player options and test free agency. The Knicks would not have to come close to matching salaries in this scenario.

The Bulls would want point guard Jerian Grant in return. If the Knicks get under the cap, they can send Grant to the Bulls for Rose on the night of the NBA Draft. It is possible that a deal could be made with Arron Afflalo involved.

If Afflalo can be convinced not to use his early opt-out, the Knicks can send him to the Bulls in a deal that consists of him and draft picks.

Arron Afflalo would give the Bulls a solid perimeter defender to help Jimmy Butler in the event he does not get moved.

According to Knicks Daily, it is the belief that Arron Afflalo will opt-out and test the market.

We are just days before the NBA Draft, and the NBA trade rumor mill is heating up. The news about the New York Knicks having internal discussions of a trade with the Chicago Bulls for Derrick Rose is not a surprise.

Can the Knicks and Bulls get a deal done? Maybe both teams should reach out to the Philadelphia 76ers to help facilitate a three-way deal.

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