New York Knicks acquire Derrick Rose from Detroit Pistons in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr., draft pick | NBA.com Canada
By Gilbert McGregor
Derrick Rose returns to the Big Apple.
The New York Knicks acquired Rose from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr., the 2017 ninth overall winner and a 2021 second-round hit.
Built for Mecca. Welcome back @drose! #NewYorkForever pic.twitter.com/VZ4Y4tEKSS
– NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 8, 2021
Athletic’s Shams Charania previously reported that Rose and the Pistons agreed that a deal would be in the best interests of both parties as Detroit works to rebuild for the future through its youth. In 15 games this season, Rose has averaged 14.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in just under 23 minutes per competition.
This is Rose’s second stint in New York, where he appeared in 64 games in the 2016-17 NBA season. The deal also marks Rose’s third stint under Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached Rose with the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2010-15 to end the 2017-18 season and the first half of the 2018-19 season.
As StatMuse pointed out, Thibodeau Rose had Rose on every franchise he headed for.
Find someone who loves you as much as Tom Thibodeau Derrick Rose does.
Thibs had D-Rose on every team he’s ever coached. pic.twitter.com/3vHYYtobx1
– StatMuse (@statmuse) February 7, 2021
As for Smith, the trade marks a fresh start for a player who has struggled to find their way after an impressive rookie campaign. Smith’s production has gradually declined since he averaged 15.2 points and 5.2 assists in his first season, and he has only played three games so far in the 2020-21 season.
One of the league’s most explosive point guards, 23-year-old Smith was recently assigned to the Westchester Knicks in the G League Bubble to aid his development. A fresh start in Detroit puts him alongside another member of his draft class in Josh Jackson, who has benefited from a change of scene so far this season.
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