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Derrick Rose Traded To New York Knicks In Multi-Player Deal

The Knicks are starting the off season making some serious moves. 

Well it finally happened, hometown hero and former NBA MVP Derrick Rose has been traded to the New York Knicks. The Knicks will be sending Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, and Jerian Grant to the Chicago Bulls, who are shipping Justin Holiday, Rose, and a 2017 second-round pick back to New York, sources told ESPN.

Taking number one overall back in the 2008 NBA draft, Rose once had a very promising career. Winning Rookie of the Year and then following up that strong rookie campaign with an MVP season, Rose was on the fast track to becoming a Chicago legend when it all came crashing down in the 2012 playoffs. Rose tore the ACL in his knee in the 2012 playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers and never was able to fully recover from that tumultuous injury. Since missing the entire 2012-13 season he has only played in 39 percent of possible NBA games causing many people to think he will never return to MVP form.

Rose is coming off one of his worst seasons, production wise, for the Chicago Bulls. The former All Star averaged only 16.4 points per game and 4.7 assists per game in 66 games with Chicago. The most frustrating part is watching Rose play. Known for his explosiveness and fearless drives to the basket, the star point guard is much less prone to getting to the rim and instead relies on his outside shot. The thing about Rose is that his main production comes from his highlight plays at the basket. When he doesn't get to the hoop as much, his shot struggles, and that is a prevalent issue with his playing style.

Due to be paid 21 million dollars next year, Rose is on the last year of his 5-year, 94 million dollar contract that he signed with the Bulls back in 2012. He will be an unrestricted free agent following this next season, allowing the Knicks to test him out in their system for a year before deciding whether or not they want to resign him to a new offer. Rose is currently 27 years old and with a history of being extremely injury prone, it will be interesting to see if he succeeds in this new situation in New York. He will enjoy the company of playing next to perennial All Star Carmelo Anthony along with the now sophomore phenom Kristaps Porzingis.

All things, at some point, must come to an end. This transaction can be seen as a relatively safe trade for Chicago, who although definitely upset their fanbase, made the smart basketball decision by dealing Rose when they could. The Bulls received some nice young talent in Jerian Grant while also grabbing established veterans Robin Lopez and Jose Calderon who can either start or come off the bench at the team's discretion.

This is the start of a very interesting off season for the NBA. With a ton of all star talent entering free agency it will be a fun time seeing what plays out this summer. Anything can happen and I can't wait to see what he does.

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Russell Wilson Buys Amazon Stock For Select Teammates

Russell Wilson recently made history as the National Football League's (NFL) highest paid player. To celebrate this wealth, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback purchased Amazon stock worth $12,000 apiece for 13 of the team's offensive linesmen, TMZ reports.

The premise behind the gesture is to help set the players on a lucrative path post-NFL. "We all have dreams of what we can build and accomplish off the field," he wrote in a memo. "One important lesson I have learned thus far in my career: The memories on the field will last forever, but we have to constantly prepare for life after football."

In the letter that was sent to his teammates, Wilson said he was indecisive on what to give them as a sign of his appreciation for their protection on the field. "Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact," he said. "Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children." According to CNBC, each linesmen's stock could be worth $270,000 in the next 10 years if Amazon's shares continue to result in a return of 2,200 percent.

Earlier this month, Wilson signed a $140 million contract. He'll suit up with the Seahawks for the next four years. The re-signing follows a previous four-year agreement the 30-year-old athlete made with the team.

 

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SEATTLE. Let’s get it. @Seahawks #GoHawks

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Russell Wilson Reportedly Becomes Highest-Paid NFL Player

At the end of the NFL's season earlier this year, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson expressed his desire to remain in the Rain City but only if his deal could be renegotiated. As of April 15, it appears that Wilson, with the help of his agent Mark Rodgers, received exactly what he asked for.

According to ESPN, Wilson and his team of seven years signed an agreement of a $140 million extension, plus an added $65 million signing bonus, currently making the 30-year-old the highest paid player in the NFL.

With this renegotiation, Wilson not only takes the spot as the richest athlete in the league from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but he also set a record with his signing bonus being the highest ever.

Wilson took to his Instagram page to announce the good news with a video featuring his wife, R&B singer Ciara. "Hey Seattle, we got a deal," he said in the clip while lying in bed with Ciara. "Go Hawks. But I'mma see y'all in the morning. Time for y'all to go to bed."

 

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SEATTLE. Let’s get it. @Seahawks #GoHawks

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News of Wilson's deal comes after four days of negotiating between the quarterback's agent and the Seahawks. Wilson and Rodgers had a deadline for midnight for the Seahawks to make a suitable decision. On Tuesday (April 16), prior to the negotiation being set in stone, Rodgers stated that "at the end of the day my guy wants to live, work, thrive in Seattle. Loves this town and its fans. He compromised to stay here. I respect that."

Wilson's move was welcomed with open arms from Ciara, who took to his Instagram comments to say "So proud of you baby! God is so good! #GoHawks."

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Tiger Woods Wins The 2019 Masters

Sunday afternoon (April 14) Tiger Woods has won the Masters tournament, his first major win in 11 years. The win marks an official comeback for the athlete after more than a decade of scandals and career lows.

The 43-year-old golf pro walked up to the 18th hole as the crowd cheered, reminiscent of years prior when Woods dominated the sport.

After clinching the title, Tiger smiled and threw his fist in the air. He then hugged his son in the same place he once hugged his father after a Masters win.

WATCH: The moment Tiger Woods makes a historic 11-year comeback as he wins #TheMasters 2019 pic.twitter.com/YlqYRcSwyw

— The Speaker (@TweetTheSpeaker) April 14, 2019

Shortly after his win, Twitter erupted.

“Tiger Woods’ playing career is over. He will never win another major. It’s dead. Bury it.”

Tiger Woods at the 2019 Masters: pic.twitter.com/8AmFPxJ6RV

— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) April 14, 2019

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Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 14, 2019

However, Tiger's win was also met with mixed reviews by those who remember the player's past offenses, comments, and association.

nothing displays america’s collective ability to compartmentalize quite like a tiger woods victory. we don’t even really like this dude but this feels amazing.

— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) April 14, 2019

Caniblasian golfers winning today. This y’all mans? #TheMasters pic.twitter.com/TQniFveUPD

— Alvin aqua Blanco (@Aqua174) April 14, 2019

Trump gonna tweet congrats to Tiger and the whole TL gonna be like pic.twitter.com/PBIfrFvkuJ

— Justin Tinsley (@JustinTinsley) April 14, 2019

This is Tiger Woods' fifth Masters and after the game, he briefly spoke about the importance of the moment 22 years after his first win.

“It’s come full circle,” Woods said after the win. “It’s a special feeling.”

Congrats to Tiger Woods.

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