When Derrick Rose was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the New York Knicks this past summer, it was clear what was happening.
Rose sought pastures new in a desperate attempt to prove his worth as he enters the final year of an extremely lucrative contract.
But the Bulls had given up on him too. He was the hometown saviour at one point, but one too many injuries curtailed that idea.
However, after having his best night in a Knicks jersey this week when he put up 27 points in the loss to the Wizards, it appears his ties to the Big Apple are deeper than just the court.
He bought a Trump International Hotel & Tower condo back in 2012 for $2.8 million, but despite Donald Trump being the president-elect and a fair few NBA teams are now refusing to use his hotels, Rose does not plan to sell up anytime soon, mostly because the market isn't good right now.
"With everything that is going on around his name and the controversy going on around his name, I get it,'' Rose said. "I bought my place well before he became (a presidential) candidate. And I felt like nobody could tell me to sell my property. But I understand the teams' side as far as not wanting to associate themselves with that name. I understand, but my situation is a little bit different.''
With Trump as president, the value of his property might not increase for a long while yet.
"I stay out of the political world,'' Rose said. "His beliefs are his beliefs."