San Francisco Chronicle

Bulls’ era over: Rose to Knicks


The New York Knicks acquired Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, hoping the 2010-11 MVP can be their answer at point guard.

The Knicks sent former Stanford center Robin Lopez and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to the Bulls in the deal. New York also received guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 secondroun­d pick, and waived point guard Tony Wroten.

New head coach Jeff Hornacek said recently the Knicks needed a point guard and Rose was one of the NBA’s best before multiple knee injuries slowed the 2008 No. 1 pick’s career. He played in 66 games last season, his most in five years, and averaged 16.4 points.

“This is an exciting day for New York and our fans,” Hornacek said in a statement. “Derrick is one of the top point guards in the NBA who is playoff battle-tested. He adds a whole new dynamic to our roster and immediatel­y elevates our backcourt.”

After missing the playoffs in a disappoint­ing first season under Fred Hoiberg, the Bulls decided to part ways with the hometown kid.

It seemed a perfect fit when Rose led Chicago to the top of the Eastern Conference in the 2010-11 regular season, earning MVP honors and leading the franchise to success it hadn’t enjoyed since Michael Jordan.

He wrecked his knee for the first time in the playoffs the following year and no longer has the speed that once made him one of the league’s most dazzling players. Pacers get Teague: The Pacers traded one Indianapol­is native for another, sending George Hill to Utah and acquiring Jeff Teague in a point-guard swap that also includes Atlanta.

Though the deal cannot be announced officially, Hill’s agent, Bill Neff, confirmed the details.

Atlanta receives the No. 12 overall pick in Thursday night’s draft.

In Teague, Indiana gets the true point guard it has long wanted. Hill adds defense and depth to a spot that could be in flux for the Jazz if point guard Dante Exum comes back slower than expected from a torn ACL that cost him the entire 2015-16 season.

Hill and Teague both have one year left on their deals and each is scheduled to make $8 million this season.

Hill was a fixture in the Pacers’ starting lineup after being acquired from San Antonio in a draft-night deal in 2011. After starting nine games in his first season in Indiana, where he grew up and played college basketball, he started 270 games — including 73 or more in three of the past four seasons, and had a scoring average in double figures during each of those four seasons.

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