Derrick Rose may not be sure why the Chicago Bulls traded him to the New York Knicks, but he was grateful nonetheless as he feels the move will jump-start his career.
Rose is known to be one of the most talented and versatile guards in the league, so his move to the Knicks was a shock, considering that he was committed to the Bulls since they are his hometown team.
A number of injury-plagued seasons, though, is likely to be the reason behind the Bulls’ decision to give away one of their superstars.
In addition to Rose, the Bulls also gave Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick to the Knicks. In return, they received Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.
While Rose admitted that he was shocked to be bidding the Bulls farewell, he is thankful for the fact that his next destination will be Madison Square Garden.
“I would like to tell them, ‘Thank you,'” Rose told reporters. “Getting me another start. I’m grateful to be where I’m at. I could have been anywhere. Not saying all the other teams are bad places, but to be in this market, to be in the city [with] the legacy, the history of basketball. … I’m grateful. I’m grateful to be here. I feel like they’re going to appreciate me a little bit more.”
The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract, but he has also expressed his desire to remain for the Knicks for the remainder of his NBA career.
“I hope so. With all of the attention and all of the congratulations I got, I hope I’ll be able to play the rest of my career here,” Rose said. “But like I said, this is a business. I’ll guess we’ll have to see how this one year goes. But I’m putting my all into this. I’m working my butt off as far as my work ethic, and we’ll have to see.”