Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Rose 'grateful' to join Knicks

NEW YORK — Derrick Rose left his hometown of Chicago to become a Knick.

"It was an emotional time," Rose said at Friday's introductory news conference, adding that Chicago "grew me into the man that I am."

The Knicks landed Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick from Chicago on Wednesday for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.

"I don't know why I was traded," said Rose, who will wear No. 25, "but I'd like to tell them thank you. I'm grateful to be here. I feel like they're going to appreciate me a little bit more."

It could be the start of a franchise-changing summer for the Knicks. They have more than $30 million to use in free agency beginning July 1 and are eager to put together a competitive team while star Carmelo Anthony, 32, still is in his prime.

Rose, 27, said he wants free agent center Joakim Noah, his former teammate with the Bulls, to join him in New York.

"I want him (here)," Rose said of the former Gator. "He knows that. Everyone knows that."

Rose said he comes to the Knicks "with the mind-set of winning. I just want to win."

Rose, who is in the final year of his contract, has missed 244 games in the past five seasons. He said he believes he can be the same type of MVP player he was before his injuries.

ibaka excites MAGIC: The Magic was looking to get a proven veteran and a rim protector this offseason and came out with both in Thursday night's draft.

Orlando traded guard Victor Oladipo and the rights to its first-round pick, Gonzaga forward/center Domantas Sabonis, to the Thunder for veteran shot-blocker Serge Ibaka.

"We're excited about the versatility (Ibaka) brings, we're excited about the experience he brings having played in a lot of big games, a lot of high-level playoff games, NBA Finals," said GM Rob Hennigan. "His experience is obviously a plus, we feel like he fits with (Nikola Vucevic), he fits with Aaron Gordon. It just gives us a lot of versatile interchangeable parts."

The Magic took UNLV 7-foot freshman center Stephen Zimmerman in the second round.

ainge misses boos: Celtics GM Danny Ainge said he had no regrets about drafting California forward Jaylen Brown No. 3 overall. The fans wanted someone else — like Providence guard Kris Dunn — and hoped the Celtics would trade some of their record eight picks for an established star.

The Celtics did trade the rights to freshman forward Deyonta Davis of Michigan State, the 31st pick, and forward Rade Zagorac of Serbia, the 35th pick, for a Grizzlies 2019 first-round pick.

Ainge said he was busy getting ready for the next pick when owner Wyc Grousbeck was booed at the TD Garden draft party. Ainge said he would have enjoyed being booed: "It's what I love about Boston."

Ainge said fans just need to watch Brown play.

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