The basketball world was abuzz yesterday when it was revealed that the New York Knicks had acquired former league MVP Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls via trade. Aside from the fact that Rose has had difficulty remaining on the floor during the past few seasons, it is still an upgrade at the point guard position, which has Knicks fans excited. The franchise has been looking for a solid point guard to stretch the floor along with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.
In the trade, the Knicks dealt Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon and center Robin Lopez to Chicago, which leaves some much needed shoes to be filled at the center position. With that said, rumors have begun to swirl that New York is also interested in Bulls big man Joakim Noah, who just so happens to become a free agent in July.
“With Derrick Rose on board, some in the Knicks organization want to make a run at Bulls center — and soon to be free agent — Joakim Noah, sources say. Noah is close with Rose and has a good relationship with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. He also grew up in New York. The Knicks sent center Robin Lopez to Chicago in the Rose deal and are in need of a big man. They will have at least $30 million to spend in free agency this summer. … It is unclear what kind of offer Noah is looking for. Other outlets have reported that the Knicks are interested in Noah. The trade for Rose on Wednesday only bolstered that interest for some in the organization.”
The addition of Rose already adds a great boost to the Knicks in the east, but if they were to acquire Noah during free agency, it would further spark new life in MSG.