Pistons Trade Derrick Rose To Knicks, MVP Reunites With Thibodeau


The New York Knicks have reached agreement on a trade to acquire Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose and reunite him with Tom Thibodeau.

In return the Knicks sent guard Dennis Smith Jr. and a 2021 second-round draft pick via the Charlotte Hornets to Detroit, sources.

The Knicks and Pistons agreed to the deal yesterday after periodic talks that stretched over a couple of months, sources said. The 2021 second-round pick—acquired by New York in the 2018 deal for Willy Hernangomez—will likely be in the 40’s range of what's projected to be a deep overall draft.

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.

For Detroit, Smith—the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 draft—is viewed as a reclamation project similar to forward Josh Jackson, who signed with the Pistons in free agency. Smith, 23, recently volunteered to join the G League bubble in Orlando to find playing time.

Source: ESPN

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