The Knicks and Pistons agreed to the deal on Sunday afternoon after periodic talks that stretched over a couple of months, sources said. The 2021 second-round pick — acquired by New York in the 2018 deal for Willy Hernangomez — will likely be in the 40s range of what’s projected to be a deep overall draft.
The Knicks are undergoing a competitive uptick under Thibodeau in his first season as coach, emerging as the No. 6-rated defensive team in the NBA (107.9 points per 100). The arrival of Rose brings help for the NBA’s 25th-rated offensive team (scoring 106.9 points per 100 possessions) and creates an overlap of veteran guards, including starter Elfrid Payton and Austin Rivers.
Rivers is likely to become a player whom contenders seek in trade talks as teams look to fortify backcourts closer to the March 25 trade deadline.