Things are looking up for the New York Knicks. Having acquired Derrick Rose in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, the talk flying around during the moratorium period is enough to get even the most pessimistic of fans excited.
The Big Apple franchise have been crying out for a point guard for some time, and while Rose is not of the level that saw him sweep the Most Valuable Player award in 2011, the former Bull is certainly an upgrade on their options from the 2015/16 campaign.
There are question marks about how a primarily isolation guard will gel in a team with Carmelo Anthony, however, one player that is excited about the future of the franchise is rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis.
The Latvian took the NBA by storm last season, producing a number of incredible performances to put the fans' early doubts to bed, and he is already planning on how the Knicks can improve next season. One topic that has been on his mind is how they can maximise D-Rose's ability to its fullest.
As per ESPN, he said: "I'm sure he's going to help us at the guard position and I love his game, how explosive he is, how quick he is, how he runs in transition. That will help us play faster and not be static all the time. I think he's going to really help us win. One thing I'm already imagining, he's a point guard that loves to drive and he's explosive. After he misses layups I can get those putbacks.
"That's one thing I'm thinking about already. We all know that he's a great passer and when he slashes he can give you the pass and kick-out to the 3-pointer, you just got to be ready for a guy like that with those quick passes that he makes, you got to be ready to make the next play or shoot the ball."
A player with Rose's natural ability will surely be able to add some flare and excitement to the team and Porzingis admits that he is hopeful the Chicago native can help them improve on some ponderous performances as they ended last season with 32 wins.
"I think we played a little too static [last season]," he added. "And that's why it's great we have a guy like D-Rose who has the ability to push the ball and we got to keep up with him. We have to run the floor.
"It's going to be a lot of easy buckets for me if I run the fast break and he's pushing the ball. He can throw an alley-oop to me so I'm really excited about the idea of playing quicker and faster."