June 22nd 2016 will forever be remembered as the day the Chicago Bulls turned the page on Derrick Rose Era. The former league MVP was traded to the New York Knicks along with guard Justin Holiday and a second round draft pick in exchange for Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon and Robin Lopez. For months people speculated that either Butler or Rose would be shipped off due to the fact that the two on the court could not co-exist. While many people may question the value the Bulls received, this trade was more about starting a new era in Chicago. The Knicks are banking that Rose can stay healthy and return to some semblance of his former self. This trade in essence is a one year try out for Rose because he is due to become a free agent after this upcoming season. On the Bulls side of things they were trying to get something in return for a player who many believed would have just walked after this season anyway. Grant presents Chicago with a young combo guard on a rookie deal that they were very high on last year. Lopez and Calderon are both vets who are established in the league and add depth to the roster. With Lopez starting at center , the chances of both Gasol and Noah returning are pretty much gone. Chicago still has time to add to their roster with the NBA draft being tomorrow and free agency starting next week.
Rose will always be remembered for making the Bulls relevant again and his MVP season of 2011 was one for the ages. Before his injury against the Sixers in the playoffs, Rose was considered a top 5 player in the league and he was the poster child for the New breed of point guards. His ability to get into the paint and just his overall explosiveness as a 6-3 point guard were only matched by Russell Westbrook at the time. For every great moment that he provided for his hometown Chicago Bulls, there will always be the questions of what could have been if he never injured his knee. The trade signifies a change for both franchises and the trade will ultimately be judged on how Rose performs in a Knicks uniform.