Bulls trade guard Derrick Rose to the Knicks

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CHICAGO - His era began with such great promise, especially after winning the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award in 2011.

But injuries derailed the fast track for guard Derrick Rose with the Bulls. On Wednesday, that era has come to an end.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Bulls have traded the guard to the New York Knicks. Reporter KC Johnson had the report around 2 PM on Wednesday.

The Knicks confirmed the trade around 3 PM. A news conference has been scheduled by the Bulls at 4 PM.

Wednesday's trade marks the end of an active Rose era in which he had one of the best starts to a career in Bulls' history. Drafted first overall by the Bulls in the 2008 NBA Draft out of Memphis, Rose won the NBA's Rookie of the Year award by scoring 16.8 points and dishing out 6.3 assists per game.

The 2010-2011 season was his finest as he scored 25 points per game and dished out 7.7 assists per game on his way to being named the NBA's MVP. He then scored 27 points per game in the playoffs as the Bulls advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Heat.

Injuries would then take over for the guard for the next three seasons. In the first game of the first round series against the Sixers in the 2012 NBA Playoffs Rose tore the ACL in his left knee which would keep him out for the entire next season.

After just ten games in 2013-2014 season Rose was again sidelined with a knee injury, this time a torn meniscus in his right knee that required season-ending surgery. More right knee problems kept him out 20-games during the 2014-2015 season but he would return in time for the playoffs and hit a memorable game-winning three pointer in Game 3 of the Bulls' second round series with the Cavaliers. The Bulls would eventually lose to the eventual Eastern Conference Champions in six games.

Rose's final season with the Bulls didn't start well as he broke an orbital bone in his face during the first practice after an inadvertent elbow from Taj Gibson. Still he would return for the opener and played in 66 games-the most since his MVP year of 2010-2011.

He averaged 16.4 points and 4.7 assists in the 2015-2016 season as Jimmy Butler, who signed a five-year, $95 million contract before the season, became the primary scoring option for the team.

 

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