Knicks sell out of Expiring Deal jerseys within first 12 hours of Derrick Rose trade
NEW YORK — If early jersey sales are any indication, New York Knicks fans are ecstatic about the acquisition of what remains of former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, as the team’s official online store is now on back order for No. 1 Expiring Deal jerseys.
The Knicks traded for Rose, who has one season remaining on his contract, on Tuesday afternoon in a multi-player deal and within hours the Expiring Deal jerseys were gone from the virtual shelves. New orders for the jersey have a four-to-six week waiting period, or the approximate time Rose misses with a low-grade ankle sprain.
“When the deal was made, we did initially consider selling a Rose Knicks jerseys,” said Tim Moncrief, the team’s Director of Merchandise and Apparel. “But then we came to the realization that he’s not what the deal is really about or what our fans should be excited for. He’ll play one semi-decent year here, maybe help us get a 7th seed or something — and sure, that alone is exciting for Knicks fans — but the really thrilling part is that his deal is up after the season. Cap space! Woo-hoo!”
With cap space, Knicks fans can convince themselves the team will be able to sign a legitimate NBA star, someone far better than Rose or Carmelo Anthony.
“Derrick gives us cap flexibility going forward,” said Knicks GM Phil Jackson. “Assuming Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul re-sign with their current teams, our free agent options a year from now are guys like Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward and Paul Millsap. None of them will make us legitimate title contenders. But our fans haven’t looked that far ahead. They’re just pumped to get an expiring contract and all the hope that comes with it. What an exciting time in Knicks basketball!”
Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James said he is excited by the news that Rose has joined the Knicks.
“Now that he’s on the Knicks, that means he’s one step closer to playing on my team one day,” said James. “I think he’ll be a really strong contributor to one of my future championship teams.”