Knicks Acquire Derrick Rose from Chicago

The 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player is headed to a new home: Madison Square Garden

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The New York Knicks have acquired Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday, and a 2017 second round pick from the Chicago Bulls.

In return, the Knicks are sending Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant, and Jose Calderon to the Bulls.

Rose has fought injuries since he tore his ACL in the 2012–13 season, missing 61 percent of the total games in the last three seasons, however the Knicks will only have him on the last year of his contract and ultimately have a chance to see if he can produce enough to be worth another contract.

The former MVP averaged 16.5 PPG and 4.7 APG last season, and showed he can still score well on drives, shooting 55 percent on drives to the basket, compared to the Knicks shooting 44 percent on drives to the basket, near the bottom of league.

He’ll certainly help the offense with his ability to drive and either score or draw attention to him and dish out to someone open.

Jerian Grant, a promising guard averaged 5.6 PPG and 2.3 APG in limited playing time in his rookie year. Many Knicks fans would have liked to see him get extended playing time under Hornacek’s offense, but we’ll instead see what Rose can do in the sort-of-triangle offense.

Robin Lopez, the solid big man signed for a steal last offseason, was the only Knick to play all 82 games. He put up 10.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG and 1.57 BPG in the 2015–16 season, and will definitely be a welcome addition to the Bulls.

34-year-old veteran guard Jose Calderon will certainly not be missed by most Knick fans. He frequently got beat defensively, but was decent offensively, averaging 7.6 PPG and 4.2 APG.


Losing a young guard in Jerian Grant and a solid big man in Robin Lopez will hurt the Knicks, but if they’re able to sign a player like Dwight Howard, Al Horford, or Joakim Noah, this trade could turn out great for New York.

To those that feel questionable about this trade, I don’t blame you. Derrick Rose is notorious for being one of the most injury-prone players in the league, however the length of his deal, and unloading the contracts of Lopez and Calderon, allows New York to do some damage in free agency. There’s also this:

I would guess Phil Jackson and the rest of the Knicks front office think they has a very good shot to sign a player like Howard, Al Horford, or Noah, or else he wouldn’t have pulled the trigger and traded New York’s only center.

This trade will either end up being really great, or really terrible. Hold on Knicks fans, it’s gonna be a wild summer.

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