The first massive trade of the 2016 NBA offseason has arrived.
Former MVP and No. 1 pick Derrick Rose is no longer a member of the Chicago Bulls, as the New York Knicks acquired the 27-year-old veteran on Wednesday in a five-player deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
The New York Knicks are acquiring Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose in a five-player trade, league sources told The Vertical.
The Bulls are also sending forward Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick to New York for center Robin Lopez and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant, sources said.
And it’s not even the good Lopez brother!
We all knew Chicago was going to get rid of either D-Rose or Jimmy Butler this offseason, it was just a question of whom, where and when. With Butler’s stock on the rise and Rose’s recent injury problems, this seems to be the outcome Chicago preferred. But for the sake of that organization (which has repeatedly shot itself in the foot for two years), I hope they got enough in return.
The Knicks will now have Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and D-Rose taking the floor at the same time, possibly a death lineup in the Eastern Conference. With Arron Afflalo opting out of his contract and Lopez heading out, the starting shooting guard and center spots are up for grabs. And you just know Dwight Howard now has Phil Jackson on speed dial.
That being said, there are many “personalities” on that roster that might breed dysfunction (especially if Howard joins), which could potentially impact the win-loss column. This deal by no means makes the Knicks a contender … yet.