Reports: Bulls Trade Derrick Rose To Knicks
Derrick Rose will try to revitalize his career and the Knicks franchise at the same time.
In a stunning pre-draft trade, the Knicks announced they have acquired the former MVP from the Bulls along with guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick. The Knicks are sending Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon to Chicago in the deal.
The Knicks were desperate for point-guard help and the free-agent list is modest with knowledge Mike Conley was not coming, according to a source.
The Knicks also waived Tony Wroten, who was rehabbing from two ACL surgeries
“This is an exciting day for New York and our fans,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said in a statement. “Derrick is one of the top point guards in the NBA who is playoff-battle-tested. He adds a whole new dynamic to our roster and immediately elevates our backcourt.”
Rose, only 27, is a former 2009 Rookie of the Year and 2011 MVP, but his career has been derailed by major knee injuries. After his ACL tear in April 28, 2012, he endured two more knee surgeries.
The Knicks have enhanced their most vulnerable position but now go into free agency without a starting center. They also need a shooting guard and a backup point guard.
Knicks GM Steve Mills said two weeks ago their biggest pursuit would be “a lead guard’ but now a shooting guard and a big man are top priorities. Center Dwight Howard reportedly has shown interest in coming to the Knicks.
With starting shooting guard Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams opting out, they could have more than $30 million in cap space.