Derrick Rose trade to Knicks does little to title futures


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The Derrick Rose era in Chicago is over, as the former MVP was traded to the New York Knikcs Wednesday, in a move that had just minimal effects on the 2016-17 NBA Championship futures.

In the deal, the Bulls will send Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 2nd-round pick for Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon.

While Rose would be a upgrade for the Knicks, if he can stay healthy, the move isn’t enough to make them a contender and sportsbooks will have to a adjust mainly due the fact the Knicks are such a public team.

“We’ll lower the Knicks odds slightly, but not too much,” Scott Cooley of BookMaker told Covers. “Despite the Knicks being largely inept, they are a public team and get championship action every year so we’ll have to make a slight adjustment. It’s not so much Rose as it is the perception.”

The adjustment is a little larger over at CarbonSports, who have moved the Knicks from 125/1 to 75/1.

Most books haven’t moved the Bulls title odds, sitting between 40/1 and 50/1.

Rose was the 1st overall selection by the Bulls in the 2008 NBA Draft and went on to be named Rookie of the Year in 2008-09. He followed that by winning the league MVP just two years later.

Unfortunately for the ultra-talented Rose, injuries began to wreak havoc on his career.

Rose tore his ACL during the first round of the playoffs in 2012, causing him to miss the entire 2012-13 season and he has never been quite the same since. He went on to suffer a multitude of injuries, playing in just 39 percent of possible games since the 2012-13 season.

Rose averaged 16.4 points, 4.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game last season.

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