2016 marks an NBA free agency frenzy
With the recent blockbuster deal of Derrick Rose to the New
York Knicks, all eyes are on this year’s NBA off-season for trades are already being
processed prior before free agency opens this Friday, July 1st.
The former No. 1 pick by the Bulls in 2008, Derrick Rose has
had sort of an untarnished legacy; Rose through out the years, displayed his
MVP talent only in flashes, because he missed a great deal of playing time due
to injury and mental instability. Bulls’
fans were only able to see instances of their superstar because of his dramatic
battles of injury, and the process after physically, and mentally.
Rose had reminisced his 2010-2011 MVP season when he finally
returned in 2013, he had showcased streaks of his explosiveness during his limited
minutes on the floor, giving the city of the Chicago optimism – shockingly until
the explosive point guard sustained another injury during a regular season game
against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Bulls’ superstar returned once again in 2015, but continually
was riddled with knee injuries; Rose was forced to miss 30 games. The Bulls organization
and by others around in the league grew doubtful in the former MVP, Chicago’s
front office had decided to trade Rose to the Knicks on Wednesday June 23,
One of the earliest trades in the NBA off-season were one of
the bolder, and shocking ones in my opinion. This opens up a lot of questions
for this 2016-2017 free agency for many reasons.
Begging to be asked first is: if the New York Knicks will
have a shot to be not only playoff bound, but contenders; the Durant trade
rumors continue to circle around the league, and there are reports that New
York could possibly be in that mix. Another question is how Derrick Rose legacy
will turn out with the Knicks, for many felt that the young point guard may
have had some bad luck in Chicago and might have not been meant to be.
Being in a new destination brings many things, and one of
those things is a big effect mentally –for Rose, his Chicago past is now
behind him, and now he can exist through a different perspective, perhaps a
much more positive one. I am confident that Rose will have successful opening
season in New York, and hope he can form a new identity with the Knicks as a consistent,
The Durant-Knicks rumors may have just been hype, I question
the possibility of Knicks bringing in another superstar or at least this
quickly, for Durant’s No. 1 should be in Oklahoma City.
The NBA offseason has already started with a bang as the
Serge Ibaka trade in OKC also turned heads, changing more momentum in the NBA Western
Conference. The Thunder is starting to lose it’s ’11 NBA Finals identity,
trading one of there star big-men and there two superstars being on the brink
of free-agency – Kevin Durant this Friday July 1st, and Russell
Westbrook the following season.
Hassan Whiteside, Paul Gasol, Dwight Howard, DeMar DeRozan, and
even Jeremy Lin, are feature names being set to mark this year’s NBA free
agency; this will be an interesting offseason.