Derrick Rose is bound for New York City. Well, maybe.
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.
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?
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.
Derrick Rose is going to have a great season b/c it's a contract year. Knicks are reportedly interested. Trade him there & good riddance.— Adam Jun (@oadamjun) June 17, 2016
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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