The New York Knicks were discussing about trading for Derrick Rose since last week. Phil Jackson and company acquired the former MVP in a trade with the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
Knicks’ newly appointed head coach Jeff Hornacek and the team management found out in a closed door meeting that the point guard position is an area of concern for the team, multiple reports confirmed last week. Until then it was not clear whether the Bulls will trade for Rose or not.
Chicago finally agreed to trade Rose to the Knicks on Wednesday. The Bulls will send Rose, Justin Holiday and a second-round pick of 2017 NBA Draft to New York for Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon, as reports the Real GM.
And the Knicks feel that the former NBA MVP could be their answer at point guard. Rose will now partner Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony in the Knicks’ roster to trigger a redemption. Hornacek succeeded with a bounty of point guards with the Phoenix Suns and wants to repeat his PG success with the Knicks.
Rose played 66 games last season for the Bulls and displayed decent form.
A source close to the star point guard revealed that the Chicago native was highly emotional about leaving his hometown and the franchise which selected him as No. 1 overall pick out of Memphis in 2008, according to the ESPN.
But Rose had to move on as he was eyeing the bigger stage at Knicks. He himself opted to land in New York once he came to know that Chicago was looking to trade him.
According to the Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, the trade was a “hard one” to make.
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