For those of you who currently do not possess any form of contact with the outside world, (TV, Radio, Internet, etc…), the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks have made a monumental trade which sent Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday, and Chicago’s 2nd round draft pick next year to NY for Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant, and Jose Calderon.
But this is a message to the “Derrick Defenders,” and that message is to LET HIM GO! The Bulls are trying to win a title, and they don’t need a 28-year old, overpaid point guard with a history of major injuries sitting on the roster.
Now I know that this trade with the Knicks isn’t the greatest trade that the Bulls could have made, that one is for damn sure. But looking at the big picture, this trade was not as horrible as people are making it out to be, and is the first step to the rebuild that they need.
Robin Lopez, to start, put up 10.3 points, 7.3 boards, and 1.6 blocks per game last season with the Knicks.
Now please, find a big guy on the Bulls not named Pau Gasol that averaged more points than Robin Lopez last year? Hang on, let me help, you will find ONE, and that one would be Nikola Mirotic, who averaged 11.8 in 16 less games than Lopez.
Another reason to talk up Lopez would be because the Bulls are losing key members of the roster to free agency in Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, and Taj Gibson next offseason. They can’t afford any big names in free agency with Rose’s contract on the books, so the next best option is finding a journey man for now like Lopez.
The Bulls also added two point guards in Jerian Grant and Jose Calderdon, who will help bolster an already depleted position on the team. Calderon will give the Bulls a veteran guard who can provide minutes off of the bench for the squad, while Grant will continue to develop and grow from the teachings of offensive-minded coach Fred Hoiberg.
And, let’s not forget to mention that they just covered three positions that they desperately needed at the expense of one guy’s paycheck. Can you say “spending money?” Can you say “free agency?”
But regardless if you agree with the trade or not, getting rid of Rose is a necessary move for Chicago. He can become a liability at the drop of a hat, and the Bulls needed to get as many possible assets they could for him before his contract expires at the end of this season.
If Rose were to stay in Chicago, it would not provide a positive outcome for the Bulls in the end. At the most, Chicago would have been knocked out in the first round next season, Rose would have become a free agent, and the Bulls would have to pay an OUTRAGEOUS amount if they wanted to keep him around. If they did not want to keep him, then they just let go of a former MVP for absolutely NOTHING in return.