For the better part of 8 years, Chicago‘s Derrick Rose has been the face of the franchise – a talented #1 overall pick playing in his backyard. Now, it’s over, as the Bulls have moved on from Rose (and his $21 million deal) and started building for the future.
In the deal, Chicago sent Rose, Justin Holiday & a 2017 second-rounder to the New York Knicks in exchange for Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant, & Robin Lopez. It’s a low-risk move for the Knicks, who have just about $30 million left in cap space to pursue other free agents this summer. And Rose, who comes off the books in 2017, is afforded an extended audition to see if it’s a long-term fit in the Big Apple.
*Remember, he’s only 27!*
As a lifelong Bulls fan it was (admittedly) difficult to objectively analyze the deal without feeling bit betrayed that Gar Forman & John Paxson dealt the most accomplished Chicago Bull (& native Chicagoan) in the post-MJ era. And even though Rose’s MVP season was 5 years ago, I always held out hope he’d return to form (in some low-level, All-Star capacity) in a Bulls uniform.
But that hope is gone – Derrick’s tenure is over and, quite frankly, it’s for the best. Chicago received a very solid starting pivot in Lopez, as well as a promising young combo guard in Jerian Grant. Jose Calderon doesn’t figure to be in the mix moving forward but the #14 pick is still in Chicago’s possession, with talents like Demetrius Jackson & Wade Baldwin IV expected to be prime targets tomorrow evening.
So if they felt like Rose was gonna walk in 2017, this deal had to be made…and they could’ve done a lot worse.
It will be weird watching Derrick Rose suit up in the Garden, donning the classic blue & orange unis of the semi-rival Knicks.
To me, he’s always gonna be the hometown kid I’ve grown to love (and defend) for eight years. Though he won’t receive the raucous, “Frooooooooooom Chicago” intro in NY, D. Rose is a native son and did everything in his power to push the Bulls to the top.
Hours later, I’m realizing it was a necessary divorce that will benefit both sides. The only thing that’s left is the following:
#thankyouDRose & prove ’em wrong in New York.