New York Knicks Rumors: Norris Cole Moving to the Big Apple To Backup Derrick Rose?

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 09/21/16 05:01AM EDT
Norris Cole with the Miami Heat
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New Orleans Pelicans point guard Norris Cole is rumored to be headed for New York to join former Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose in the back court rotation.

Rose, along with Bulls teammate Joakim Noah moved the Knicks in June, earlier in the offseason. According to a report by Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Knicks acquired Rose in a trade that also involved Justin Holiday, Jose Calderon, Robin Lopez and Jerian Grant, as well as Chicago's 2017 second round NBA draft pick.

For his part, Newly acquired Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek is looking forward to having "D-Rose" in the team. Hornacek is confident that he would be able to make significant contributions in the upcoming NBA regular season.

"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," Hornacek said of the 27-year-old guard.

Hornacek is looking to impose the same up-tempo game he implemented during his stint as the head coach of the Phoenix from 2013 until early this year. It is a more guard-oriented line-up, which he also looks to put in place with the Knicks.

This is where the possible signing of Norris Cole comes in, who remains to be a free agent with only a month left until tip-off. According to Brendon Kleen for Fansided's Pelican Debrief, the presence of Cole in the Knicks' rotation could add firepower, with Rose manning the back court as well.

"He fits the chucking mold of New York's guard rotation, capable of catapulting or crapping on an offense in a single quarter. Cole can win or lose you games, and with such a high variance in New York this year, Cole will fit right in," an excerpt from Kleen's report reads. Cole averaged 10.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists last season.

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