Here's why the Derrick Rose trade makes sense for all parties

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The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks agreed a huge five-player trade that will arguably be the biggest of the summer headlined by All-Star point guard Derrick Rose.

The Chi-town native makes the move to the Big Apple after spending seven seasons with his hometown team that was full of ups and downs. 

He'll leave his roots in the Windy City with good and bad memories as he tries to rebuild his career in the NBA's biggest market. 

At the Bulls, Rose became the youngest ever MVP in 2011 after guiding them to a terrific season where they finished with a league-best record of 62-20. Unfortunately for D-Rose, his career would take a turn for the worse and he's not reached those heights since. 

His trade to the Knicks has not been met with any shock or surprise, instead, it's being perceived as a positive move for everybody concerned. 

But, what is surprising, is the ease with which Chicago parted ways with their prodigal son and the very little they got in return. They sent Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick to New York for center Robin Lopez and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant. It shows just how much Rose's stock has fallen.

Here, though, are the reasons why it's a good move for all three parties:


After his outstanding campaign in 2011, Rose suffered two serious knee injuries in the years that followed which forced him to miss two seasons. 

It's difficult for any player to come back from an ACL tear and be the same player, but when you then tear a meniscus in the other knee upon your return, it's a demoralising feeling both physically and mentally. That was the fate that Rose suffered.

For a player who was, at the time, the most explosive player in the league, it's almost impossible to regain that speed and athleticism from those devastating injuries. 

To his credit, though, the 27-year-old persevered and despite some niggling injuries along the way, he spent the best part of two campaigns on the court for the Bulls and showed flashes of the brilliance that he possessed before he got hurt - most notably, a game-winning shot in a 2015 playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

However, even though he was always a fan favourite at the United Center and an important member of the team, something just wasn't right. With the emergence of All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler, Rose was no longer the go-to guy on the roster. 

On paper, the duo should've formed a deadly backcourt but it just didn't materialise. There were rumblings of a strained relationship between the two and it became apparent that they just didn't compliment each other on the floor.

That culminated in the Bulls missing out on the playoffs this year for the first time since 2007-08 and it was clear something needed to change in the Windy City. The Bulls were not the team they were several years ago and Rose wasn't the same player; a breakup seemed inevitable.

For the three-time All-Star, though, it provides a new lease new of life and an opportunity to rediscover his best game in a different setting. He carried the pressure and the burden of delivering a championship to his city and suffered trying. A move to New York offers him a welcome relief and platform to be a star again. Madison Square Garden is longing for one.


In 2011, D-Rose and the Bulls squared off against the big three of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. The script was written; the hometown boy aiming to win a title for his people against LeBron James who, having failed to do the same for his hometown of Cleveland, created a super team in South Beach following 'The Decision'.

James was a villain because of it and the public outside of Miami were rooting for him to fail and that brought them closer to the Bulls and their point guard. 

LeBron and the Heat proved too strong for Rose and the Bulls and the fairytale had to wait. Five years later, King James has delivered a championship for Cleveland having returned in 2014 and Rose has now departed Chicago. 

Five years is a long time in sports and this is evidence of just how quickly things can change. It seemed impossible that Chicago could trade away its chosen one, but they ultimately had no choice.

The Memphis product was in the final year of his $21.3m contract and they needed to get that money off their books instead of persisting with something that was broken.

At 27, he still has his best years ahead of him but he wasn't going to find it in Chicago. In Butler, the franchise has a player who holds all the attributes to carry them forwards and with Rose threatening to stunt his growth, the front office had to act.

Since the season ended, the rumours surrounding Chicago focused on them trading Butler with both the Celtics and the Timberwolves interested. But all along, they knew that Rose had to be the sacrificial lamb.

It was impossible to rely on him anymore, he only played 39 percent of the team's games in the last four years and he's managed to play more than 51 games only once in that period.

Though the former Rookie of the Year was on the floor, it was still looked at as Butler's team and Rose's stats from this campaign prove why. 

Per CBS Sports, of the 77 point guards who played at least 500 minutes last season, Rose ranked 66th in true-shooting percentage, 69th in three-point percentage and 55th in free-throw attempts - stats that prove he can't attack the way he once did. 

"Derrick has obviously meant a lot to this team, this franchise and the city. We thought it was the right decision for the direction we're headed,'' said general manager Gar Forman.

For the front office, it wasn't a decision they wanted to make but simply one they had to make.


The point guard position has been an unsolved problem for the Knicks for many years and the addition of a quality player in that position was their priority this offseason. 

He may not be the D-Rose of five years ago, but he is still one of the best players at the one spot in the league and will significantly improve the team. 

Playing alongside Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis will excite him and they too will enjoy having a talented ball-handler and scorer on the floor.

Melo should still be the number one option on offence, with Rose second and Porzingis third. But if they can balance the shots between them, there's no reason why they can't all easily average over 15 points a game.

The move still has its risks for the Knicks but, it's a gamble worth taking. Either Rose recaptures some of his best form and thrives at MSG or he doesn't. Either way, it's a much more attractive proposition than what they gave away in Lopez, Grant, and Calderon. 

The former number one draft pick will also be a perfect fit for the style that new coach Jeff Hornacek wants to adopt. At the Phoenix Suns, he played with a fast-paced offence where his guards Eric Bledsoe, Isaiah Thomas and Goran Dragic excelled. Rose should enjoy his basketball again in this type of system where he can still get out in transition.

"He is one of the top point guards in the NBA who is playoff-battle-tested. He adds a whole new dynamic to our roster and immediately elevates our backcourt," said Hornacek, who is evidently excited by the prospect of working with the guard.

When the Knicks are winning, MSG is possibly the best arena to play in and the NY faithful will immediately take to Rose and give him their full backing. It could be a match made in heaven.

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