After finishing the 2015-16 season with a 32-50 record and nine games out of securing a spot in the playoffs, the New York Knicks have kept themselves busy this off-season, making big deals and trying to make themselves stronger after a season full of ups and downs and the firing of head coach Derek Fisher halfway into the season.

Rose and other acquisitions

The first big movefor the Knicks came on Wed.

June 22 when they made a trade with theChicago Bulls where the Bulls gave the Knicks All-Star point guard Derrick Rose,shooting guard Justin Holiday, and a 2017second round draft pickin exchange for point guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant, along with center Robin Lopez. Rose, who was selected first overall by the Bulls in the 2008 NBA draft,is a three time All-Star, also winningthe 2009 Rookie of the Year award and being awarded MVP in 2011.

For the past three seasons, Rose has battled constant injuries that put him off the floor for lengths at a time. He missed the entire 2012-13 season due to a torn ACL in his left knee and most of the following season because of a tear to his right knee meniscus. The past season, Rose played in 66 games while averaging 16.4 points and 4.7 assists per game, as the Bulls finished with a 42-40 record and missed the playoffs.

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Another big deal for the Knicks was the reported signing of free agent and former Bulls center Joakim Noah, who agreed to a four year, $72 million deal on Sat. July 2, which also brings himand Rose back together as teammates and to his hometown. Knicks president Phil Jackson, along with newly appointed Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek and several front office members met with Noah in an Orlando hotel for three hourswhere they convinced him on why he should choose New York.

Noah has played for the Bulls the past nine seasons and is a two time All-Star. The past season was a tough one for Noah as he battled left shoulder injuries, only appearing in 29 games.

The Knicks continued totake advantage of the free agent market, signing shooting guard Courtney Lee to a four year, $50 million deal. Lee has spent the previous season playing with the Memphis Grizzles and Charlotte Hornets.

The most recent deal the Knicks did was sign point gaurd Brandon Jennings, who spent last season with the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic, to a one year deal worth $5 million. Jennings is slated to the be the backup for Rose when needed. The Knicks alsosignedtwo European players, Lithuanian small forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who played for Baloncesto Malaga in Spain, and Spaniard center Willy Hernangomez, who played for Real Madrid.

With the re-signing of power forward Lance Thomas, the Knicks are more than willing to build a strong team for the upcoming 2016-17 season that featuresCarmelo Anthony and power forward Kristaps Porzingisas they try and strive tobecome top competitors in the Eastern Conference and make the playoffs for the first time in three years. Fans will be excited to see what the future holds for the Knicks.

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