NEW YORK — Derrick Rose isn’t sure why he was traded, but he said he is grateful that the Chicago Bulls sent him to the New York Knicks.
“I would like to tell them, ‘Thank you,'” Rose said of the Bulls at Friday’s news conference introducing him as the newest member of the Knicks.
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Rose, a Chicago native, elaborated on why he’d thank the Bulls for trading him to New York.
“Getting me another start,” said Rose, who played seven seasons in Chicago, missing the 2012-13 season due to injury. “I’m grateful to be where I’m at. I could have been anywhere. Not saying all the other teams are bad places, but to be in this market, to be in the city [with] the legacy, the history of basketball. … I’m grateful. I’m grateful to be here. I feel like they’re going to appreciate me a little bit more.”
Rose is entering the final year of his contract. He said he’s hopeful that he can re-sign with the Knicks after the 2016-17 season.
“I hope so. With all of the attention and all of the congratulations I got, I hope I’ll be able to play the rest of my career here,” Rose said. “But like I said, this is a business. I’ll guess we’ll have to see how this one year goes. But I’m putting my all into this. I’m working my butt off as far as my work ethic, and we’ll have to see.”
Rose, who has played in just 40 percent of possible games since the start of the 2012-13 season, said he’s feeling healthy entering the offseason. He also said he might get involved in recruiting free agents to New York.
One player he’d like to play with is longtime Bulls teammate Joakim Noah, who will be a free agent this summer.
“Oh, I want him,” Rose said. “He knows that I want to play with him.”