The New York Knicks acquired former MVP point guard Derrick Rose today, and the repercussions around the NBA were dramatic.
This shakes up the free agency scene, and the San Antonio Spurs end up being huge winners in this deal, albeit indirectly.
The Spurs currently have the cap space to acquire one marquee free agent, and they’ve been linked to Mike Conley.
Teams around the league with ample cap space and a need at point guard certainly see Conley as an intriguing option.
One of those teams 24 hours ago was the New York Knicks. Reports around the league were indicating that Conley was a huge target of the Knicks.
With the Rose trade, the Knicks can now officially be ruled out of the Conley sweepstakes.
This eliminates a team with great appeal for the star point guard. Although their basketball performance has been abysmal in recent history, New York can always sell itself as the media capital of the world, with the enticing chance for any player to become a legendary figure by succeeding in the Mecca of Basketball.
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Rose is reportedly thrilled with the trade, citing the bright spotlight that no city can shine on a player quite like New York.
Those unique characteristics of New York will always make them a formidable presence in the free agent market whenever they have the means to acquire star players, and the Spurs can breathe a sigh of relief that a team that sought Conley’s services no longer warrants a concern in that regard.
It’s unclear how Conley is prioritized by the Spurs amongst notable free agents like Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Hassan Whiteside, or Rajon Rondo, but the Spurs should be happy that a main competitor to them in the pursuit of a star point guard is now content with the acquisition of another big-name point guard.
A huge domino has fallen, and the Spurs suddenly have more flexibility to improve their lineup via free agency.
With Tony Parker’s performance slippage, point guard has suddenly become an area of concern for the Spurs after years of not just stability, but prosperity.
It remains to be seen how the Spurs will use their sufficient cap space towards bolstering their already impressive roster, but a huge adversary in the point guard market is now satisfied through a trade.
It can safely be assumed that Conley will not be wearing a Knicks jersey next year, and it’s a huge victory for the Spurs in their potential bid for him.