The Bulls traded Chicago native and fan favorite Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks today thus ending this once lauded marriage after 8 years together. In a way I think this is the best possible outcome for all sides involved. The three time All-Star and former league MVP has never fully recovered from the two knee injuries that he suffered, one costing him an entire season. Making his return slightly more difficult has been the rise of his Chicago teammate Jimmy Butler. Butler is now the alpha male on that team and both guys can be ball dominant players, so it never really felt like it fit when they were on the court together. For the Bulls part, the team is now fully in Butlers control and they get out from under a hefty contract. For New York, a team with no draft picks this year, the money is secondary. They took a flyer on Rose and hope he can be 80 percent of the player he once was. For Rose, it is a chance at a new beginning. He should fit in better with the pieces in the Big Apple along side Carmello Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Perhaps he can pen a second chapter to his career as an overqualified supporting piece or maybe he'll shock us all and do even more. I like almost every part of this move except for the fact that the Knicks made it, which would suggest i might be missing something, because this seems to make sense and usually... The Knicks don't.
Posted at 7:56 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 20:56:33-04
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