Former MVP and All-Star guard Derrick Rose has been traded from the Chicago Bulls to the New York Knicks for an assortment of players.
The Chicago native, who was drafted first overall by the Bulls in 2008, hasn’t played a full season since the 2010/11 due to chronic injuries.
The Chicago Tribune first reported the full package as the Knicks sent centre Robin Lopez to the Bulls alongside Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.
The Knicks receive Rose, Justin Holiday (brother of Jrue) and also a second round 2017 draft pick.
Incoming head coach Jeff Hornacek remains optimistic that his team can compete next season with Rose leading the charge.
“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.”
He added, “this is an exciting day for New York and the Knicks.”
The Bulls will now build their franchise off 26-year-old guard Jimmy Butler, who is looking to be one of the best two-way players in the modern NBA.
But Chicago were grateful for their time with Rose as GM Gar Forman expressed his delight having Rose play for the franchise.
“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.”