Derrick Rose was officially introduced as a member of the New York Knicks on Friday afternoon.
After thanking the Bulls organization for trading him, Rose penned his farewell to the city of Chicago via TheCycle.com.
While looking forward to playing alongside Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis with the Knicks, Rose reflected on his time with the Bulls.
Chicago made me who I am. It’s tatted on my wrist. I was raised in my grandmother’s house on South Paulina Street in Englewood. Being drafted by the Bulls, becoming an All-Star and an MVP on the Bulls, helping the them make the playoffs — all of that was a dream come true. I’ll never forget it. I’ve carried Chicago with me everywhere I’ve gone, from around the country to all over the world. I always will.
I understand that this is a business and the Bulls have their plans, their own ideas with what direction they want to go with the team, but I’m gonna use this as motivation. I was with them for eight years and they let me go. There’s no hard feelings, no grudges. They’re trying to do what’s best for the team. I totally understand that. But I don’t think I would be wrong for using this as motivation.
Despite appearing in just 29 games and registering the worst statistical season of his eight-year NBA career in 2015-16, Bulls center Joakim Noah will be in high free agent demand this summer.
According to Mitch Lawrence of the Sporting News, the Washington Wizards are prepared to offer Noah a maximum contract, which would start at $28 million and reach an estimated $120 million across four seasons.
Noah, who is expected to move on from the Bulls, is also being pursued by the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks.
The Knicks interest in the two-time All-Star and 2014 Defensive Player of the Year is a no-brainer with Derrick Rose now in New York and Noah having spent his teenage years in the Big Apple, starring for Brooklyn's Poly Prep.
Noah, the ninth overall pick of the Bulls in 2007, is coming off shoulder surgery that cut his season short last January.
The 31-year-old Noah has averaged 9.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 572 games across eight seasons with the Bulls.
With the 2016 NBA Draft in the rearview mirror, the Bulls front office will now focus on shoring up the rest of the roster when the league's July 1 free agency moratorium begins.
The Bulls could have around $25 million to spend, but will not reportedly be in the market for maximum contract free agents' Kevin Durant, Al Horford and DeMar DeRozan.
CSN's Draft Central crew discussed a few names that could be a good fit for the Bulls, including Orlando Magic point guard Brandon Jennings.
See why Kendall Gill thinks Jennings could thrive in Chicago in the video above.