| February 7, 2021, 3:57 PMFebruary 7, 2021, 3:57 PMThe Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade guard Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks for Dennis Smith Jr. and a 2021 second-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The second-round pick that the Pistons are acquiring is via the Charlotte Hornets.
The deal, which comes following talks that reportedly stretched over a couple of months, reunites Rose with Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau, who had the former MVP on his roster in both Chicago and Minnesota.
This is also the second stint Rose will have played with New York — he was a part of the 2016-17 team that played under coach Jeff Hornacek during the Phil Jackson regime.
New York has played above expectations this season, but while their defence (sixth in the league) has been impressive, their offence (24th in the league) has been less so. Evidently, the Knicks hope that adding Rose into the mix will help them improve in that area.
It would also appear that New York will be looking to offload at least one of its guards at the trade deadline, as the addition of Rose sees him tacked on alongside the likes of Austin Rivers, Elfrid Payton, Frank Ntilikina and Immanuel Quickley.
As for the rebuilding Pistons, the 23-year-old Smith enters as a project, but even if he doesn’t work out, Detroit can simply let him go in free agency this summer, as he — like Rose — is on an expiring deal. If he impresses and they aim to keep him, they can tender him a qualifying offer and he will become a restricted free agent.