Derrick Rose to join Carmelo in Big Apple after being traded by Bulls
Even though the basketball season is officially over for the next few months, the NBA is still very busy all year round, and headlines are being made every day. If you’re a fan, free agency is like Christmas season, as today it was announced the Knicks and Bulls have agreed to a deal that will send the former 2010-2011 league MVP, Derrick Rose,to the Knicks.
The Knicks in return are sending guards Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant, and center Robin Lopez to Chicago. Chicago also packaged guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick to New York. Rumors were spreading last week that Rose could possibly be traded, NY was one of the teams constantly being brought up. It’s no surprise being that Rose has stated in the past that if he were to ever be traded New York would be his first choice because he wants the spotlight and for numerous reasons.
Source close to Rose tells me he’s excited about playing for Knicks. “His 1st choice was New York (if traded). He wants the spotlight.”
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 22, 2016
This is definitely the upgrade both coach Jeff Hornacek, and general manager Steve Mills were looking for, at the guard position, and they were hoping to fill in the offseason. Rose was said to be very emotional after hearing that he was being traded. He was drafted No.1 overall by his home team in 2008.
Derrick Rose 27, is owed $21.3 million in his final year of his contract and will become a free agent in 2016-2017. The past few years haven’t been what fans and Rose have wanted as he has had countless setback due to various injuries that sidelined him for a good chunk of time, including two major knee surgeries. If Rose can stay healthy the thought of the trio with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis does seem intriguing.
Orlando Torres covers the NBA for MyFantasySportsTalk.com | Follow him on Twitter @itslandoyo