Point guard Derrick Rose is a member of the New York Knicks once again after the team acquired him in a trade with the Detroit Pistons on Monday.
In order to get Rose, the Knicks parted with guard Dennis Smith Jr. and the Charlotte Hornets’ second-round pick in 2021.
While Rose was linked with a number of teams in recent weeks, the Knicks were the most aggressive in pursuing him. The team’s head coach Tom Thibodeau was the one pushing for the move as he wanted to reunite with the player he previously coached on two occasions.
Rose became the youngest player to win the NBA MVP Award while playing in a Chicago Bulls jersey under Thibodeau, and the pair also worked together on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Derrick Rose previously played with the Knicks during the 2016-17 season, but the injuries and struggles in the triangle offense made it a forgettable campaign for the three-time All-Star. Now, however, he is returning with fewer expectations and in a system that he feels comfortable with.
Rose has been enjoying a small career renaissance in recent years, managing to remain healthy and be a solid contributor. He has played 15 games with the Pistons in 2020-21 so far and is averaging 14.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game.