The New York Knicks have been on the lookout for a standout point guard for a couple of seasons now, and their persistence has finally paid off after they reached a deal to bring Derrick Rose to Madison Square Garden from the Chicago Bulls.
In addition to acquiring Rose, the Knicks also received Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick. In return, the Knicks sent the Bulls Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.
Rose has struggled with his fitness for the last couple of seasons, which is thought to be one of the reasons why the Bulls wanted to trade him. Upon learning that his hometown team were looking to ship him out, Rose’s first choice was to be traded to the Knicks as he wanted to play basketball in New York.
“His first choice was New York,” a source said. “He wants the spotlight.”
Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf admitted that the decision to send the former MVP to the Knicks was a difficult one as the 27-year-old had entertained Bulls fans since making his NBA debut in the 2008/09 season.
“Everyone knows him as the local kid who became MVP for his hometown team, but not everyone got to know him like I did,” Reinsdorf said in a statement. “While he is a terrific basketball player, he is an even better person with a tremendous heart.”
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek welcomed the addition of Rose and added that the Chicago native will significantly bolster the team’s backcourt.
“This is an exciting day for New York and our fans,” 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.”