Trade, Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks
When the news Wednesday of Rose being traded to the New York Knicks spread around the city, many of the people in his native Englewood had mixed feelings about the reality of Rose wearing another team’s uniform. “There’s no loyalty here in Chicago. He’s a hometown hero. He was the most important Chicago basketball player since Benji [Ben Wilson],” said Rahfielle Williams, the owner of Father & Son Barbershop in Englewood. “It’s bigger than basketball.”
Some of them not only know Rose as the Bulls’ point guard, but also as a man who made countless donations to the funeral services of people who died due to the city’s gun violence. Resident Jay Brown, 25, said he wasn’t happy with the trade. “How do you trade the heart of the team? I didn’t think they would do it,” Brown said.


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Ian Begley: Derrick Rose and Noah are close; Noah also has a good relationship with Carmelo Anthony. The Bulls center also grew up in New York and attended high school in Brooklyn. Also, for those interested in such things, Rose and Noah have been spotted in NYC together in the last 24 hours.
A source not affiliated with Derrick Rose or the Knicks came away impressed with how lean and explosive the former All-Star point guard looked after seeing Rose work out recently in Los Angeles.
But everything changed once that news came out. Rose’s image took its first big hit as his undermanned teammates plugged along without him. The Bulls’ front office, which continued to stand behind him publicly, wondered privately whether Rose was making his own decisions or listening instead to the advice of his brother Reggie and his agent, former Bulls guard B.J. Armstrong. For one of the first times in Rose’s storybook career, he didn’t have the full support of everyone around him. For an affable 24-year-old who was always trying to please everybody, he now realized that wasn’t possible. Rose chose to sit out the entire season. His teammates stood behind him at every turn. So did the front office and coaches, even if some didn’t agree with the decision. Rose made his choice and never wavered, but his relationship with the team and city he loves so much was never quite the same.

What became noticeable in his words and actions over the past few years is that Rose’s passion for the game has changed. Having watched his basketball life flash before his eyes several times since that fateful playoff game in 2012, Rose doesn’t look or sound like someone who wants to live and die with the game anymore. Some people in the city believe the money from his mega-max contract and 13-year, $185 million Adidas shoe deal changed him. For his part, Rose has said that fatherhood and the bond he’s formed with his son, P.J., have altered his outlook on the game. Whatever the reason, Rose evolved into a different player. Glimpses of brilliance were still there on certain nights, but the virtuoso performances were not.

He didn’t. His knee failed, his coach, Tom Thibodeau, was canned and, in between, Jimmy Butler emerged as the face of the franchise. Rose had been bracing for this day, a league source told The Vertical, and is ready for the challenge of beginning again.

The reality of Rose not being in a Bulls uniform anymore wasn’t a shocking turn of events. Privately, Bulls executives have been ready to part ways with Rose for months. Aside from the distraction some of his public statements caused, the feeling within the organization was that Rose was no longer a special or durable player. To many, after all the injuries, Rose had become just another point guard in a league full of mediocre point guards. The trust Rose created between the franchise and the city his first few years in the league was gone.

According to a source, Phil Jackson told Derrick Rose of his plan to pursue Kevin Durant starting on July 1st. That in of itself may be the worst-kept secret in the NBA, along with the notion that Golden State, San Antonio, Miami and both Los Angeles clubs are also planning to recruit Durant. The difference now, however, is that the Knicks are not only selling Durant on Madison Square Garden and Madison Avenue, but also a roster that features a triangle we can all understand; Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Rose, who turns 28 in October.

 

“This is an exciting day for New York and our fans,” Knicks Head Coach Jeff Hornacek said. “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.”
“We will always be grateful to Derrick. He was a great teammate who put winning first, and nobody fought harder through injuries and disappointment. He wowed us all when he was on the floor and at his best. His MVP season was one for the ages. We wish Derrick nothing but the best moving forward,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman.
“As we said at the end of last season, we are committed to exploring every option to improve this team,” said Forman. “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.”