Just announced! The Chicago Bulls has traded Derrick Rose To The New York Knicks. Guess who they’re getting in exchange!
A source close to Rose said the Chicago native was very emotional about leaving his hometown team, which drafted him No. 1 overall out of Memphis in 2008, because of all his great memories there but that he wanted the big stage of New York.
Once Rose got word the Bulls were looking to trade him, he hoped it would be to the Knicks.
“His first choice was New York,” the source said. “He wants the spotlight.”
Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf called the trade a “hard one” to make.
“Everyone knows him as the local kid who became MVP for his hometown team, but not everyone got to know him like I did,” Reinsdorf said in a statement. “While he is a terrific basketball player, he is an even better person with a tremendous heart.”
ESPN reported last week that the Knicks had internal discussions recently about trading for Rose, the NBA MVP for the 2010-11 season.
Both Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and general manager Steve Mills had said that the team was interested in upgrading their point guard position in the offseason.
“This is an exciting day for New York and our fans,” Hornacek said in a statement. “Derrick 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.”
Rose, 27, is owed $21.3 million in the final year of his contract. He will be a free agent after the 2016-17 season.
Rose averaged 16.4 points on 42.7 percent shooting and 4.7 assists in 66 games in 2015-16.
The six-year veteran has appeared in just 50 percent of the Bulls’ regular-season games over the past four years because of various injuries, including two major knee surgeries.