Does a Trade for Former MVP Derrick Rose Make Sense for the NY Knicks

Published 02/07/2021, 1:59 AM EST
Jan 1, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose (25) drives past Boston Celtics guard Jeff Teague (55) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports


Derrick Rose could be returning to New York. The former MVP might come back to the Knicks, as they are in talks with the Detroit Pistons for a trade.

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The move would bring Rose back to New York and reunite him with Tom Thibodeau, the coach under whom he had the most success. But does bringing Rose in make sense for the New York Knicks?

The Knicks have been improving this year

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Ahead of the NBA season starting, many analysts criticized the Knicks for not using the draft and free-agents to bring in back-court options. Only Immanuel Quickley (who is proving to be a steal) was brought in as a guard. But this year, the Knicks have looked impressive, compared to their previous seasons.

Feb 1, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots against Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams (9) during the second half of an NBA game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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So far, the New York Knicks have an 11-13 record this season. The Knicks have been a lottery team for the past few seasons.

However, with new coach Tom Thibodeau, the team has been far more disciplined defensively than in years past. And Tibs has brought out the best in Julius Randle who is playing at an All-Star level.

Derrick Rose still has a lot left to give

The arrival of Rose could be a blessing for the Knicks. Any package for Rose would presumably have to involve Elfrid Payton, as the team looks set to back Immanuel Quickley for the future.

Under the tutelage of Rose, Quickley could improve his game further. Rose, on the other hand, can provide the solid veteran experience this team needs at the point guard position.

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose (25) gets defended by Boston Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye (left) and center Robert Williams III (right) during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Rose played some of the best basketball of his career under Tom Thibodeau. And after injury struggles for the last few years, Rose is starting to show that he can still be a solid contributor on a playoff team.

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The Knicks can use his kind of mentality and winning pedigree in their team, as they look to change their once-stagnant culture.

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Would Derrick Rose improve the Knicks? All signs suggest that the move would be beneficial for all parties involved.

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But the Pistons have been hard negotiators in the past, especially when it comes to Rose. But if the Knicks can offer a tempting package with solid draft choices, they could bring Rose back into the team.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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