It is a little more than four years ago by now that the Chicago Bulls shipped point guard Derrick Rose off to the New York Knicks.
Heading into the fourth year of the lengthy and struggling rebuild, the Chicago Bulls have a lot of time to reflect on what went right and wrong within the last decade. The 2010’s started on a high note for the Bulls, and it went really wrong heading into the mid-to-late 2010’s. The Bulls got numerous All-Star selections from various standout players in the early-to-mid 2010’s. But that started to die out after the 2016-17 season.
This Bulls rebuild officially started in the 2017 offseason. The trade that essentially started the rebuild dropped when star small forward Jimmy Butler was shipped off to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a return that included point guard Kris Dunn, shooting guard Zach LaVine, and a draft pick that turned into power forward Lauri Markkanen.
Other moves were made by former Bulls VP of basketball operations John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman previous to the Butler trade in the summer of 2017 that sped up the process to rebuild. During the 2016 offseason the Bulls parted ways with former star point guard Derrick Rose and defensive standout big man Joakim Noah and signed aging veterans like Chicago native shooting guard Dwyane Wade and floor general Rajon Rondo.
Those moves didn’t really work out for any of the four veteran players, or the Bulls and New York Knicks. Since then, the Bulls rebuild hasn’t made much progress, but D-Rose is finding more success in smaller markets with the likes of the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Here’s a look back at the original trade between the Bulls and Knicks involving D-Rose, and how it impacted each side since then.