Derrick Rose is back with the New York Knicks after the Detroit Pistons traded him to the Big Apple for Dennis Smith Jr. and a 2021 second-round pick. The youngest MVP in NBA history played 64 games for the Knicks during the 2016-17 season.
New York’s decision to acquire Rose was driven by head coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached the former No. 1 overall pick on the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves. The two have a very close bond.
Derrick Rose is excited about playing for the Knicks again, so much so that he delivered a powerful message regarding the trade.
Derrick Rose was productive in his first stint with the Knicks, but the team was awful
The Bulls traded Derrick Rose to the Knicks in the summer of 2016. The Memphis product won Rookie of the Year, MVP, and made three All-Star teams with the Bulls. However, Rose underwent three knee surgeries in Chicago after winning the 2010-11 MVP trophy.
With the Knicks in 2016-17, Rose averaged 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists while shooting 47.1% from the field. New York, though, was awful. The team won only 31 games and missed the playoffs. Rose was productive on the court, but he missed a game against the New Orleans Pelicans without telling anyone. That ruined his rep with Knicks fans.
Near the end of the 2016-17 season, Rose underwent his fourth knee surgery. The Knicks chose not to re-sign the guard during the 2017 free agency period. Rose signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers to play with LeBron James, but that stint lasted just 16 games.
The Cavs traded Derrick Rose to the Utah Jazz at the 2018 trade deadline. The Jazz waived Rose, who remained on the open market for quite sometime before Tom Thibodeau and the Timberwolves signed him in March. With the help of Thibodeau, Rose was able to rejuvenate his NBA career.
Derrick Rose scored a career-high 50 points against the Jazz in 2018-19
On Halloween night in 2018, Derrick Rose scored a career-high 50 points against the Jazz, the team he was waived by. It was an incredible performance by the Chicago native, who was in tears after the game.
During the 2018-19 season, Rose put up 18.0 points per game for the Timberwolves. He re-established himself as one of the best point guards in the NBA with Tom Thibodeau’s guidance. However, the Timberwolves fired the former Coach of the Year in January of 2019 after the Jimmy Butler trade drama damaged the franchise.
After the 2018-19 campaign, Rose entered unrestricted free agency. He didn’t re-sign with Minnesota since Thibodeau wasn’t there anymore and signed a two-year deal with the Pistons. Before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March due to COVID-19, Rose averaged 18.1 points and 5.6 assists for the Pistons in 50 games.
Everyone around the NBA felt that the Pistons would trade Rose this season since the team is rebuilding and the veteran guard can help a playoff team. When news broke that Thibodeau and the Knicks were interested in the former MVP, pundits weren’t surprised given how close D-Rose and Thibs are.
After the trade became official sending Derrick Rose from Detroit to New York, the 32-year-old wrote a letter to his fans.
D-Rose is ready for New York
In a lengthy Instagram post, Derrick Rose talked about making his second chance with the Knicks “count” and how he’s built to play in New York. Tom Thibodeau must be pleased to reunite with Rose, who will help the Knicks tremendously on offense.
Rose will be wearing No. 4 with the Knicks instead of No. 25. It’s going to be fascinating to see how his second run in New York goes.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.