The Chicago Bulls completed the first big trade of the summer last week as they allowed Derrick Rose to depart the United Center for New York and Madison Square Garden.
Rose, who was voted 2011's Most Valuable Player during his time with his home franchise, was traded to the Knicks - alongside Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round draft pick - for Jose Calderon, Robin Lopez and Jerian Grant.
Despite spending eight years with the Bulls and serving them valiantly - injury permitting - Rose's spell with the franchise has gone down as a disappointment for some. After his initial success; being crowned Rookie of the Year in 2009 and then MVP 24 months later, he has battled with issues for the best part of four years.
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The 27-year-old made 66 appearances for the Eastern Conference outfit as they failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in nine years this season. However, since being crowned MVP, he has only surpassed 51 games in a campaign once.
There was a sense of frustration among sections of the support in Chicago and, while many are unhappy with seeing a homegrown talent leave the franchise, it seems the time was right for D-Rose to seek pastures new and try to reach the heights of 2011.
It was also time for the Bulls to stop relying on the point guard and move on to a new plan of attack. One man who echoed that sentiment is a backcourt superstar who was part of the last Chicago Bulls roster to claim a championship ring.
Hall of Famer and six-time winner Scottie Pippen believes the trade was right for all involved, saying: “I think it was a good trade for both sides. I was sorry to see Derrick leave, but I think it was time for the organisation to start looking at their plans going forward.
"And I’m sure, looking at his past, he was probably not in the plans for the future for them, so I think it was a good deal for both of them. Derrick is coming to a great market where he can continue to grow in the game and do well.”
The New York Knicks certainly appear to have a plan in place for the summer. Their sights are firmly set on Kevin Durant, and the 2014 MVP is rumoured to be slightly more interested in a move to the Big Apple after Rose linked up with Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony.
On the other hand, the Bulls appear to be considerably more unorganised ahead of next season. Rose has gone, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah are free agents and it seems all of their eggs are firmly in the free agency basket.