Sorry, i think that this takes precedence over a post-game thread (decent loss against a better than their record Heat team).
The New York Knicks have reached agreement on a trade to acquire Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose and reunite him with coach Tom Thibodeau, sources told ESPN on Sunday.
The Knicks are sending guard Dennis Smith Jr. and a 2021 second-round draft pick via the Charlotte Hornets to Detroit, sources said.
The Knicks and Pistons agreed to the deal on Sunday afternoon after periodic talks that stretched over a couple of months, sources said.
Rose rejoins the Knicks, where he spent a turbulent 2016-17 season struggling in the triangle offense during the Phil Jackson regime. Rose was the youngest MVP in league history under Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls in 2011 and played for him again with Minnesota in the 2017-2018 season.
The Knicks are undergoing a competitive uptick under Thibodeau in his first season as coach, emerging as one of the league’s top defensive teams. The arrival of Rose brings help for the NBA’s 25th-rated offensive team and creates an overlap of veteran guards, including starter Elfrid Payton and Austin Rivers.
Rivers is likely to become a player that contenders seek in trade talks as teams look to fortify backcourts closer to the March 25 trade deadline.
Terrible trade, but hey, could be worse, I guess. It could be the Detroit second.
“It could have been worse.” – 2/3rds of all Knicks trades since Dolan took over (the remaining third USA is 90% “couldn’t be worse than this” and “good trade”).
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