The Derrick Rose era is over in Chicago.
The Bulls sent their native son to the New York Knicks in a trade, sending Rose, Justin Holiday and a second-round pick in next June’s draft for center Robin Lopez, point guard Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant, according to sources close to the situation.
Rose was entering the final year of his contract in Chicago, and the Bulls faced the prospect of Rose playing his best basketball — then leaving in free agency for nothing in return.
The last several seasons for Rose has been marred with injuries, controversies and only flashes of the player who won MVP in the 2010-11 season, as he battled three debilitating knee surgeries starting in the 2012 season.
And as time went on, aided by the emergence of Jimmy Butler, it became obvious there wasn’t enough space in the backcourt for the two stars — though on separate trajectories as Rose tried to reclaim his previous form and was hit with setback after setback.
Rose’s first season under Fred Hoiberg was an up-and-down one, starting with fracturing his orbital bone on the first day of training camp, and it took until midseason for him to fully come to form.