Last week, the Knicks acquired Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose. Can the former NBA MVP help take New York to the next level and make them a decent NBA pick?
The Knicks traded Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to the Bulls for Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick.
Rose, who is a Chicago native that played college basketball at Memphis, was drafted by the Bulls with the No. 1 overall pick in 2008. Rose truly cared for the Bulls and he didn't want to leave Chicago, but once he found out that he was going to be traded, the Knicks were an intriguing option because he liked the opportunity to play on the big stage of New York.
Opinions about this trade have been split. Many doubt that Rose can overcome the injuries that have derailed his career. It's hard to blame those who think that way, considering that Rose has played in just 166 of a possible 410 regular season games since tearing his ACL in 2012. He did play in 66 games last season, averaging 16.4 points on 42.7 percent shooting, including 17.7 points and 8.4 points in the paint since January.
Despite his recent struggles, Rose can help the Knicks because he has playoff experience, he is just 27-years old and he is an upgrade at point guard over Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant. Rose shot 55.3 percent on drives to the basket in 2016, while Calderon and Grant shot just 44.7 percent on those drives. Also, keep in mind that the Knicks now have a Big Three with Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, which could help them attract free agents like Kevin Durant.
Will Rose Help Bring Durant To New York?
New York didn't land a one-on-one meeting with Durant, but Bovada has them at +1400 NBA odds to land him (they were at +2450 before the Derrick Rose trade). The Knicks are also expected to pursue Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. In fact, Noah is expected to sign with the team for $18 million a year once free agency starts tomorrow.
Noah underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder in January. He averaged 4.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in just 29 games for the Bulls last season.
Rose might never return to his pre-injury MVP form, but his cost was low enough to justify trading for him. There's little risk involved since Rose only has one year left on his current contract, so the Knicks can let him walk at the end of the season and clear up additional salary cap space if he struggles.
Following this trade, the Knicks moved from 100/1 to 55/1 odds to win the NBA Championship at the Westgate Superbook. BetOnline has them at +15000, which makes them a valuable NBA pick. Can New York surprise everyone and sign Durant? I'm considering placing a small bet on them adding Durant.