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PBT Extra: What does Derrick Rose trade mean for Bulls, Knicks?


While this trade had been rumored for a while — the Bulls were shopping Derrick Rose, the Knicks needed an upgrade at point guard — it coming on the eve of the NBA Draft was a surprise (and it kicks off what will be a wild night of draft trades).

How does this trade work out for both sides? I break it down in this PBT Extra.

For the Bulls, this trade makes them better because they picked a direction. With Rose and Joakim Noah treating Jimmy Butler like their little brother, the dynamic around the team was awkward — especially since Butler got a max contract and was clear-and-away the best player on the team. Even if they don’t get better in the short term (depending on other free agent moves) this is the team moving toward how coach Fred Hoiberg wants the roster.

But this is an upgrade for a Knicks team that suddenly looks like a playoff squad. Rose isn’t the MVP version of himself, but he’s a lot better than the guys they had last year (Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant are now Bulls as part of the deal). A Kristaps Porzingis/Derrick Rose pick-and-roll will be hard to defend, especially with Carmelo Anthony on the floor. Plus they still have the money to chase a free agent such as Pau Gasol (who will not be back with the Bulls). And if Rose doesn’t work out, he’s in the last year of his contract.

Jeff Hornacek should be a happy man today.

It’s official, Knicks trade for Derrick Rose from Chicago Bulls


The Knicks got their upgrade at point guard.

The Bulls finally have moved from the Derrick Rose era, and they have a big man to replace the two they are losing.

Chicago and New York have reached a deal that will send Rose to New York for the final year of his contract, something first reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

It has since been confirmed by the Knicks.

To be clear, the Knicks get: Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 2nd-round pick.

The Bulls get Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant, and Jose Calderon.

I like this deal for the Knicks. I love this deal for the Bulls.

The Knicks desperately needed an upgrade at the point to play the way new coach Jeff Hornacek wants, this gets them a guy who averaged 16.4 points and 4.7 assists per game. He’s still good on the pick-and-roll, and at the end of last season he showed more bounce and explosion then we have seen from him in a while — and now he’s heading into a contract year. He’s never going to be MVP Rose again, but he’s an upgrade over what they had, and it’s an expiring deal the Knicks are not saddled with long term.

No Lopez means expect the Knicks to go after all the key free agent bigs — Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Joakim Noah.

But in the short term, Rose with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis should be in the mix to make the playoffs in the East. If they can stay healthy.

The Bulls needed to get Rose out of the locker room and make this Jimmy Butler‘s team — he is the younger, better player right now, and the one that fits what coach Fred Hoiberg wants to do. This should set the tone for team direction and locker room chemistry. (It’s up to Butler to act like a true leader right now, but that’s another story.)

Because of his contract and health, there was almost no market for Rose. They were going to have trouble getting a rack of shoot-around basketballs for him. To land Lopez, Calderon and Grant is a quality haul. Lopez is the key — the Bulls are losing Gasol and Noah for sure (that has been obvious since before the season ended, it was confirmed with this deal), this gets them a quality defensive big who can be an anchor in the paint. Calderon and Grant can be quality backup points, but the Bulls still need a starter.

The only person who doesn’t like this deal for Chicago is Benny the Bull.

Reports: Manu Ginobili, David West both opt out with Spurs, both uncertain about future


Let’s be honest, the future of Manu Ginobili and David West is likely tied to what Tim Duncan decides to do. And he is a week away from making a call (his deadline is June 29).

In the interim, both West and Ginobili kept their options open by opting out of their contracts with the Spurs, according to reports. Neither has taken retirement off the table.

Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports broke the Ginobili news.

Ginobili had a Wednesday deadline to make a decision on his player option. Ginobili, 38, is leaning toward playing next season and returning to the Spurs under a new contract, sources said.

He was set to make $2.8 million next season (his opting out leaves the Spurs with a $5.6 million cap hold. The Spurs can pay him whatever they want; it may come down to how much cap space they have.

Ginobili will spend his summer in Brazil, playing for his native Argentina in the Rio Olympics. He had a bounce-back season with the Spurs averaging 9.6 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.5 rebounds in just less than 20 minutes a night.

West is not going to Rio, but aside that he is following the same path.

If Duncan returns, I’d expect to see both West and Ginobili playing for the Spurs (a team expected to be aggressive in free agency). If not, Ginobili will either re-sign or retire, it’s hard to picture him anywhere else. West will have a lot of teams calling, who couldn’t use his rock-solid veteran presence.

Wojnarowski, Vertical’s draft night stream may be must watch of night

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Expect to hear Adam Silver say this a lot Thursday night: “We have a trade.”

NBA draft night 2016 is going to be roller coaster — after Ben Simmons (Sixers) and Brandon Ingram (Lakers) go off the board anything could happen. Boston has the third pick (thanks to Brooklyn’s mismanagement), and they are looking to trade it. Minnesota has gotten calls about the No. 5 pick that may tempt them, Denver is shopping the No. 7 pick, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There is going to be a lot of fast and furious action.

Up to now you had one real option for draft night information: ESPN’s broadcast for the visuals, features and analysis; plus using Twitter for faster information and snark.

Now there is another option, one that will be a draw on a crazy night — Adrian Wojnarowski and The Vertical.

The Vertical is going to do a comprehensive live stream draft show Thursday on Yahoo Sports. Since half of you are watching the Draft with a second screen up already, this is a natural fit because Wojnarowski’s stock in trade is information.

“Being first is great, but we certainly want to be accurate…” said Wojnarowski, the NBA media’s preeminent news breaker. “The nuts and bolts of the show is information. We’re not trying to outdo television, we’re not going to be too cute. What you’re going to get from us is great information.”

Chris Mannix will host from a studio, where he will be joined by former Nets front office executive Bobby Marks, Mike Schmitz of Draft Express, and Indiana coach Tom Crean. Wojnarowski, Shams Charania, and Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony will be at the draft. There also will be segments from Brian Scalabrine (on draft night fashion) and shoe deals from Nick DePaula.

“(The draft show) is in our wheelhouse,” Wojnarowski said of his Vertical crew. “I just got off the phone with (Indiana coach) Tom Crean and he’s been breaking down video of players and talking about things he wants to emphasize on the show with the breakdowns he’ll do…

“He’s a real student of the NBA, he follows the NBA very closely, and he understands who projects, and he’s had great success sending guys into the league. He’ll be a tremendous part of the show.”

While NBA fans tend to be up on elite college players — Kris Dunn, Buddy Hield, Jamal Murray, etc. — they get confused when European names are called. Remember how Knicks fans booed Kristaps Porzingis a year ago, and now he’s their savior. Again for Wojnarowski, it’s about information.

“With European players, Jonathan Givony has traveled Europe, he has seen the players in this draft, not just this year, but he’s watched these players…” Wojnarowski said. “They’ve watched these guys overseas develop over three or four or five years. They’ve been watching Ben Simmons since he was 16 years old at tournaments, same with the European players that will be drafted. It’s just a real strong sense of understanding and knowledge.”

But information needs context.

Having (former Nets executive) Bobby Marks there to lay out the decisions front offices are making and how that’s going to impact free agency — because they’re all connected, there is context to what is coming in free agency,” Wojnarowski said. “Certainly with trades that are made, whether someone is clearing cap space to go after a free agent or they’re trying to get deals done now because they don’t feel confident what they can get out of free agency, Bobby and I will be there to talk about those things during the show. So it’s more than the draft, it’s setting the stage for free agency, which is certainly more impactful to winning and losing in the short-term than how teams will look in the draft.”

This provides an option for draft night viewing. ESPN has the broadcast rights and has a large, smart crew of analysts.

But when news is breaking fast, you better be following Wojnarowski.

LeBron James: “I’ve got no plans to go nowhere at this point”


The NBA Finals were not even over before the speculation started and ramped up after the Cavaliers;’ win: LeBron James said he wanted to come home to Cleveland and bring the area a title, he’s done that now, he may bolt to play somewhere else again. Miami, Los Angeles, wherever; he had wanderlust and could be on the move again.

Not this year.

Here is what LeBron told the Cleveland Plain Dealer just before the parade through downtown Cleveland Wednesday:

“I love it here. I love being here. I love my teammates,” James told cleveland.com, moments before he boarded a float at The Q for the Cavs’ championship parade through downtown Cleveland. “Obviously my agent will take care of all the logistical things but, I’m happy. I’ve got no plans to go nowhere at this point.”

“This is the happiest time in my life right now,” James said.

LeBron confirmed the same thing to other outlets.

Expect James not to pick up his player option for next season — not because he wants to leave but because he wants to get paid. LeBron’s option would pay him $24 million next season, while a new max contract would be worth $30.8 million (with the salary cap at $94 million as the league just suggested).

Also, expect LeBron to sign another 2-year deal with a player option after the first year — both because the salary cap is going to go up again, and because it helps keep his options open and therefore leverage on owner Dan Gilbert and GM David Griffin (to both spend to keep this team a winner and do what LeBron wants).

It’s not crazy to think LeBron will leave Cleveland again at some point to play with friends in another city and chase rings with another franchise.

But it’s crazy to think he didn’t want to come back home to Cleveland for a victory lap season. And to try and repeat.