We had a couple of trades yesterday! Both of which were big, but it doesn’t get much bigger than this one between the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks…
Robin Lopez (Center) – 10.3 points per game, 7.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists
Jose Calderon (Point Guard) – 7.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists
Jerian Grant (Point Guard) – 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists
New York gets
Derrick Rose (Point Guard) – 16.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists
Justin Holiday (Shooting Guard) – 4.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists
2017 2nd Round Draft Pick
That’s right, Derrick Rose, Chicago’s hometown hero and former league MVP, has been traded to the Knicks. The Rose era in Chicago ends after four straight injury plagued seasons after he blew out his ACL back in the opening game of the 2012 Playoffs. It’s not often a former MVP gets traded, especially one as young as Rose, who is still just 27 years old. Unfortunately, he’s never been able to fully escape his injuries. Because I am a nerd when it comes to basketball statistics, here are his numbers before and after the injuries…
Before Injury (2008-2012): 21 points per game, 3.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 36.8 minutes per game, .464 shooting, 279 games played.
After Injury (2012-2016): 16.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 31 minutes per game, .412 shooting, 127 games played.
He was once one of the most explosive players in the league, but in recent years, he’s been a shell of himself, showing only rare flashes of what he once was. Needless to say, he could use a change of scenery, but it’s still shocking to see the Bulls ship off one of Chicago’s favorite sons.
This is of course, a classic Knicks move, trading more for the name than the skill. It’s like when you live in a crummy apartment in a ritzy part of town and your high rent is a result of “paying for the zip code.” They’re taking a huge gamble that Rose can regain his old magic, and team with Carmelo Anthony and young Kristaps Porzingas to help raise the team out of despair. In trading Robin Lopez, they send their starting center away, raising speculation that they might try to nab another Bull, center Joakim Noah during free agency. The other big man looming in free agency is Dwight Howard. Talk about a classic Knicks move.
For both Derrick Rose and the Bulls, this trade provides a fresh start, and a chance to move on after things had gotten a little sour. Everyone wants to see Rose succeed, and hopefully he’ll find that success at Madison Square Garden, hence the lame name of this article that I’m sure at least 39,758 other people also thought of. As for the Knicks, it provides a splashy move that, at least for now, inspires feelings of excitement and hope in their fans. I’d like to see it work out for them, but it’ll probably go horribly awry like everything else they do.
That wasn’t even the only trade yesterday, or the first. A bit earlier in the day, there was a three-teamer that was subsequently overshadowed…
Jeff Teague (Point Guard) – 15.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists
George Hill (Point Guard) – 12.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists
The 12th pick in tonight’s draft from Utah.
Around the trade deadline, there were reports that the Hawks might trade members of their core. They instead decided to stand pat, but now, the core has suffered a loss with former All Star Jeff Teague heading to the Indiana Pacers. Teague is still a pretty good point guard, but he had been losing playing time to backup Dennis Schröder, who the Hawks will now trust to run their offense. For their trouble, they pick up a lottery pick, which they can use to draft a helpful player, or entice another team if they’re thinking of making another trade. This puts pressure on the young Schröder to step up and fill the role of starting point guard well.
In sending away the 12th pick, the Jazz get George Hill, a solid point guard who is just what the doctor ordered for the up and coming team. The experienced Hill will provide veteran leadership for a young team looking to make the Playoffs for the first time together and this move only further solidifies the Jazz as an intriguing new contender out West.
To replace Hill, the Pacers take Teague off of the Hawks hands. He’s a better scorer and penetrator than Hill is, and he provides the Pacers with a third scorer, along with Paul George and Monta Ellis.
This seems like a trade that will help everyone involved. Indiana adds some extra kick to their offense in the former All Star, the Jazz get a steadying presence at point guard, their weakest position, and the Hawks get a great trade chip with the 12th draft pick, or—if they choose to keep it—someone that could prove to be a good role player for the 48-win team.
With these trades springing up yesterday, it’s clear it will be a busy and intriguing offseason in the NBA. It’s only going to get crazier with tonight’s draft, and you better believe we’ll be back tomorrow with our running account of all of the goings-on.