According to ESPN sources, Detroit has agreed to send Rose to New York for Dennis Smith Jr. and a second-round draft pick from Charlotte.
Detroit has agreed to trade guard Derrick Rose to New York for Dennis Smith Jr., and a 2021 second-round pick (via Charlotte), sources tell ESPN. Rose reunites with Tom Thibodeau, who coached him in Chicago and Minnesota.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2021
Rose is expected to give the Knicks more firepower in the closing minutes, something the Knicks could have used in their 109-103 loss Sunday against the Miami Heat.
The 32-year-old played under Phil Jackson the 2016-17 season but struggled in the triangle offense.
The trade reunites Rose with his former Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timber Wolves coach Thibodeau.
Rose won Rookie of the Year as a Bull in 2009 and became the youngest player at the age of 23 to win the MVP in 2011.
However, a series of injuries starting with an ACL tear during a playoff game against Philadelphia in 2012 put the brakes on Rose’s progression.
The 6-foot-2 guard tore his meniscus after sitting out a whole season and eventually was traded to the Knicks.
Rose is averaging 14.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 4.2 rebounds a game this season and in the final year of his $7.7 million contract.
New York is just one game up on the Toronto Raptors for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Fans will have to wait and see if the Thibodeau-Rose magic of yesteryear shines again on Broadway.