New York Knicks Acquire Derrick Rose from the Detroit Pistons
Derrick Rose is back and reunited with a familiar face.
On Sunday night, the Detroit Pistons made a bit of a splash when they finally cut ties with the veteran guard, sending him to the New York Knicks from Dennis Smith Jr. and a 2021 second-round pick.
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
Smith, who was ready to head down to the G-League bubble, will now receive a wealth of playing time with the absence of rookie Killian Hayes. Meanwhile, Rose is back alongside his former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau in New York. The move immediately creates a bit of a logjam in the backcourt, but the Knicks appear to be very open to moving Austin Rivers prior to the trade deadline.
The Knicks are currently ranked 25th in offence and will look to the former league MVP to provide a spark down the stretch. In 15 games coming off the bench, Rose has averaged 14.2 points and 4.2 assists per game.
The Knicks are hoping to make the postseason for the first time since 2013.