The New York Knicks have acquired Point Guard Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls, in a trade that sends Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant and Robin Lopez to the Bulls.
The Knicks have also announced that they acquired Justin Holiday and a second-round draft pick in 2017.
Rose 27, league MVP in 2011 and a 3-time All-Star, has had trouble with knee injuries these past few years, and missed the 2012-13 season as a result. However, in the season just ended Rose played a total of 66 games and averaging 17.7 points a game.
The Chicago native was upset that his time with the Bulls was coming to an end, but he feels that the big stage of Madison Square Garden in New York is a perfect fit.
In a statement Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said, “This is an exciting day for New York and our fans. Derrick is one of the top point guards in the NBA who is play-off battle-tested. He adds a whole new dynamic to our roster and immediately elevates our backcourt.”
Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman said of the trade, “As we said at the end of last season, we are committed to exploring every option to improve this team. This trade is a significant step in that process.”
“Our goal is to get younger and more athletic, and this trade moves us in that direction and allows us to start changing the structure of our team. In Robin Lopez, we are acquiring a starting center who is a good defender, good rebounder, and brings a toughness to our team. Jose Calderon is a proven veteran who can run an offense and knock down threes. Jerian Grant was high on our draft board last year as someone with a great skill set and positional size.”
“All three players are great teammates and have tremendous work ethic, and we are excited to welcome them to the Chicago Bulls organization.”