After the last four injury plagued seasons, the Bulls have moved on from Derrick Rose. Today, they engineered a trade with the Knicks that will send the former NBA MVP to New York in a multiplayer swap.
Knicks getting Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 2nd-round pick for Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) June 22, 2016
Derrick Rose’s biggest problem during his tenure with the Bulls was that he spent more time in a suit than Don Draper. He’s missed 201 games in the last four seasons, while playing in only 127. Even when he’s been on the court, he’s been a shell of his 2011 league MVP self.
Rose’s role with the Bulls had become murkier with the emergence of star shooting guard Jimmy Butler as their franchise player. Today, the Bulls chose their path forward and it won’t involve Derrick Rose.
The upside for the Knicks is they should get a motivated Rose, who will be playing with one year remaining on his contract. He should be motivated to prove he still has value ahead of free agency. Secondly, if Rose’s injuries resurface they don’t have any long term investment.
The winner of the trade will be determined by which Derrick Rose the Knicks get. Will it be a resurrected version of the former MVP, or the player who should have an endorsement deal with Men’s Wearhouse?
Colin has long been a critic of Rose for being a ball dominant scorer that shoots a low percentage and doesn’t make his teammates better. He said the move would be “good for New York City hospitals.”
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) June 22, 2016
Where Colin was right: The the Bulls are finished with Derrick Rose (Nov 5, 2015)