‘Kristaps Porzingis for Derrick Rose’: Twitter Goes Bonkers as New York Knicks Trade for Former MVP

Published 02/07/2021, 3:50 PM EST
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

Ever since the off-season began, one name was continuously mentioned in trade reports, Detroit Pistons’ veteran guard Derrick Rose. The 32-year-old has constantly been seen as a good piece to add to a championship contending team.


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In an amazing turn of events, the New York Knicks have swooped in the 2010 MVP. The Athletic’s Shams Charania recently confirmed that Rose has been traded to the Knicks for 23-year-old guard Dennis Smith Jr. and draft considerations.

The Detroit Pistons are nearing agreement on deal to send Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks for Dennis Smith Jr. and draft compensation, sources tell me and @JLEdwardsIII.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2021


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Rose is certainly a big upgrade to the Knicks’ backcourt. With three quality guards in Rose, Elfrid Payton and Immanuel Quickley, it will be interesting to see whom coach Tom Thibodeau starts with.

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

It will also be a new chance for DSJ, who had fallen out of favour for the Knicks and had even requested to be in the G-League. The 23-year-old has shown flashes of being a talented player, and the struggling Pistons might be the perfect opportunity for him to show his class.

The biggest losers with this trade, however, will be contending teams like the Clippers and the Bucks who were reportedly interested to trade for him.

Rose would have been a welcome addition to these teams. Given the efficiency ‘D Rose‘ has shown from the bench, he could have been the steal.

Twitter goes Berserk after Derrick Rose trade to New York Knicks

Understandably, the NBA community went wild after news about the former MVP’s trade broke. From former players, to journalists, to fans, everyone went absolutely crazy.

Thibs invite to every black BBQ is stamped in stone. https://t.co/zPIPaMmafc

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 7, 2021

Derrick Rose when everyone was pushing that he get sent to a contender but gets put on the Knicks instead pic.twitter.com/dBi3ngqWs6

— SpiethvsEveryone (@UMvsEveryone) February 7, 2021

Derrick Rose’s knees right now https://t.co/FvgpBI9H0P pic.twitter.com/PejmieuLrQ

— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 7, 2021

Derrick Rose to NY. I’m so happy

— RANDLE4ASG💫 (@CURTISULRICH77) February 7, 2021

Derrick Rose deserves to be on damn Contender at this point of his career…I understand the Knicks are finally moving in the right direction but Damn!!! Just saying tho…

— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) February 7, 2021

Thibs realizing he can play 32 year-old Derrick Rose 40 minutes each night https://t.co/uI3sYFFm4V pic.twitter.com/cG7oCPdTMo

— Dylan Delaney (@DylanDelaney13) February 7, 2021

Find someone who loves you as much as Tom Thibodeau loves Derrick Rose.

Thibs has had D-Rose on every team he has ever coached. pic.twitter.com/3vHYYtobx1

— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 7, 2021

Ah Kristaps Porzingis for Derrick Rose. Good trade! https://t.co/V4ORIElPv6

— The Drunk Jets Fan (@TheDrunkJetsFan) February 7, 2021


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Will Rose be a good fit for the Knicks?

The Knicks have an overall record of 11 wins and 13 losses and find themselves in the playoff spots as of now. Their new head coach Tom Thibodeau has been the game changer, building a tough defensive side.

However, their backcourt has lacked a veteran presence, despite some solid young guards. Needless to say, Rose is an ideal addition and can be a guide for the younger guards.


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Notably, the 32-year-old will begin his second stint with the Knicks. In the solitary season he was in New York, he averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. Can he recreate his magic this time around?


Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.