NBA Predictions: Can Derrick Rose Get Knicks Back to Playoffs?
The Derrick Rose trade rumors had been swirling harder and faster than ever in the past few weeks. On Wednesday afternoon the chatter finally turned into action.
Per reports, the Chicago Bulls have finalized a trade that will send Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks, along with Justin Holiday and a 2017 second round draft pick. In return, the Bulls will get center Robin Lopez and point guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.
The Bulls are sending Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 2nd-round pick for Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon, per source.
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A Derrick Rose trade has been a long time coming given his rough injury history and inefficient play, but it’s still a massive shock that the Bulls finally pulled the trigger on the deal.
Let’s break this blockbuster NBA trade down for both teams and see how it impacts the Bulls and Knicks:
Rose’s Impact in New York
This is a great trade for the Knicks for three key reasons: they didn’t have anything remotely close to an answer at point guard, they lacked star power beyond Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis and they really didn’t have to give up much to make it happen.
There is no denying Rose’s injury history and the fact that he very well might have a flat out broken jumper. However, he is still a very good athlete, knows how to attack the rim and will have many good “on” nights where he can still carry his offense. Luckily, with Melo and Zinger by his side in NYC, he doesn’t have to do that as much anymore, anyways.
Rose getting a change of scenery alone could be massive for his psyche, and at still just 27 years old, there is plenty of optimism that he can round back into a very good player before he exits his prime.
The reality is Jose Calderon was washed up, Jerian Grant wasn’t going to be the answer and the Knicks had solid depth down low that getting rid of Lopez was expendable.
This is also a one-year rental. Rose’s deal ends after this year. He either crushes it and the Knicks get back to the playoffs, or he stinks/gets hurt and New York cuts their losses.
Lopez leaving is also good, as it opens the door to a lot of things. Perhaps Pau Gasol teams back up with Phil Jackson, maybe the Knicks can see what they have in Kevin Seraphin or Kyle O’Quinn, or maybe they even somehow make a run at Dwight Howard or Hassan Whiteside.
The Knicks still have work to do, but a healthy Rose should help them get back to the playoffs. New York was already slowly trending that way last year and getting another star offensive player could get them back to where they need to be. To be anything more than just an 8th seed squad, however, they probably need at least one more big move.
Chicago Starts to Rebuild
The Derrick Rose era ends and all of Chicago can breathe a sigh of relief. Despite Rose still being a solid talent, his injury history and decline ended up being too much baggage for a team that has gotten worse and worse over the past several years.
With the Bulls not even making the playoffs last year, the writing was undoubtedly on the wall that Rose would be on his way out. With Jimmy Butler trade rumors also coming up, Chicago had to act fast and make sure everyone knew where their loyalties lie.
Besides, Chicago has nothing to lose by moving on at this point. They fell out of the playoff picture last year, are set to lose Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah to free agency and are nowhere near challenging the best team in the Eastern Conference – the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Keeping Butler should be part of the whole “getting there” dream, but Rose’s departure could also signal a complete rebuild. That remains to be seen, while an argument could also be made that the Bulls just landed a very steady two-way center in Lopez and a young guard in Grant they could try to groom.
Realistically, though, the Bulls should dump Calderon, trade Grant for whatever they can get and try to sign Mike Conley. If they can make those moves in addition, they’re suddenly a far better defensive team from top to bottom and they could start feeding young talents like Nikola Mirotic, Bobby Portis and Doug McDermott more minutes so they can improve the rest of the way from within.
For now, however, the Bulls merely move on psychologically and embrace a potential one to two-year rebuild and add pieces around Butler.
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