After days of rumors of a Derrick Rose return to the New York Knicks, the deal has been made official today. Rose will come to New York while Dennis Smith Jr. and a future second round pick will head to Detroit.
Where does he fit in the team
Derrick Rose’s role in the squad is still unclear. With Elfrid Payton and Immanuel Quickley occupying the two point guard spots, the 32 year old may take a shooting guard spot. While rumors have arose around Leon Rose potentially waiving Payton, fans are still yet to hear confirmation. The former MVP will likely take on a role off the bench as Immanuel Quickley’s mentor.
What Derrick Rose can bring to the Knicks
The former Knick has played an important role this season in Detroit. With the season-ending injury for rookie Killian Hayes, Rose took on a bigger role for the Pistons. The guard is expected to play a similar role in New York as the sixth-man. Averaging 14 points per game and four assists, Derrick Rose has had significant effect in Detroit despite his age.
What does losing Dennis Smith Jr. mean for New York
Smith Jr, who recently stepped into a role on the Westchester Knicks, had little effect in his third year in New York. Coming to the Knicks with unlimited potential, the point guard has not come close to meeting expectations. However, the Pistons know how talented Smith Jr. is at his best. If Detroit is able to mold their new point guard into the point guard they desperately need, their season could take a big turn.
Derrick Rose will not play his first game for at least a week due to COVID-19 protocols. However, he will surely be unveiled as a Knick in the coming day.