FILE PHOTO: Derrick Rose (Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports)
Six-year NBA veteran and former league MVP Derrick Rose was acquired by the New York Knicks on Wednesday in a multi-player trade. Chicago sent Rose, swingman Justin Holiday and a 2017 second round draft pick to the Knicks for center Robin Lopez, point guard Jose Calderon and combo guard Jerian Grant.
Rose, 27, will be teaming up with star forward Carmelo Anthony and rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis to form one of the more formidable teams in the Eastern Conference. The former league MVP, who was also the top pick in the 2008 rookie draft out of Memphis, brings along solid career averages of 19.7 points and 6.2 assists per game.
Derrick Rose was a highly touted player, with his knack for scoring and his daredevil moves to the basket. He carried the University of Memphis Tigers to the US NCAA championship game against the University of Kansas Jayhawks in 2008, where they lost in overtime. He was then drafted by the Bulls in the NBA rookie draft the same year, where he led the team to the best record in the East for the 2010-11 regular season. He was poised to be a perennial All-Star and apparently will carry Chicago back to its glory days in the 90’s. However, there are doubts if he could still deliver for the Knicks considering that his past several seasons have been cut short with ACL (Anterior Cruciated Ligament) injuries on both of his knees. He missed the entire 2012-13 season, and missed the majority of each of the succeeding seasons.
The rise of another big-time scorer, guard Jimmy Butler, was also a factor for Rose being shipped to the Knicks.
On a positive note, Rose was able to play in 66 games for the 2015-16 season, averaging 16.4 points per game, his best performance in 5 years.
He will be paid $21.3 million on the last year of his contract. He will enter free agency after the 2016-2017 NBA season.
Eight-year veteran center Robin Lopez, who averages 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and close to 2 blocks in 82 games for the Knicks, will give the Bulls a strong defensive anchor and a reliable substitute for starting center Joakim Noah.
Veteran point guard Jose Calderon, on the other hand, will bring leadership and stability in the backcourt for the Bulls. The undrafted Spaniard has career averages of 9.9 points on 47.4% shooting and 6.5 assists each game. He also is a reliable three-point shooter, posting a high clip of 41.2% from outside the arc.
Jerian Grant, a six-foot-five rookie combo guard out of Notre Dame, was the 19th overall pick in last year’s draft. He averaged 5.6 points and 2.3 assists per game as a rookie.
Justin Holiday is a third year swingman out of University of Washington. He won a championship ring with the Golden State Warriors in 2015. He averaged 4.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1 assist in three years playing for four teams. #
Written by: Jerlo Kevin Rialp