The New York Knicks acquired Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, ending the speculations about the future of the former MVP. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that the Knicks will go after Russell Westbrook in 2017 free agency if the Rose experiment fails next season.
New York traded Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon to Chicago in exchange for Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second round pick. It was a low-risk, high reward trade for the Knicks considering they acquired a former MVP.
The Knicks did not only nab a point guard, but they also free up some cap space to go after Kevin Durant or other big name free agents. Some New Yorkers cringed at the trade since Rose is not the same he once was four years ago.
The 27-year-old guard has been plagued by injuries for the past several years but he proved last season that he can stay relatively healthy. In his last year with the Bulls, Rose played 66 games while averaging 16.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.7 assists.
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According to Mike Calendrillo of Empire Writes Back, the Knicks will be happy with those numbers. They also have the luxury of re-signing for the most money if he plays better and preferably, closer to his 2010-2012 form.
But if the Rose experiments fail next season, Phil Jackson will have an additional $21.3 million in cap space for the 2017 free agency. The Zen Master can put that to good use and go after Russell Westbrook, who will be a free agent.
On the other hand, the Knicks are still hoping for a miracle this offseason as they pursue Kevin Durant, per ESPN. It is expected that Durant will meet the Knicks but he will likely stay in Oklahoma City. The Thunder just reloaded the team as they acquired Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, and Ersan Ilyasova from the Orlando Magic for Serge Ibaka.
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