Malik Rose, acquired in a trade from the New York Knicks on Thursday for Chris Wilcox and cash considerations, isn’t expected to play much for the Thunder.
Rose, though, brings something no one else on the roster has — a championship pedigree.
A 13-year veteran forward out of Drexel, Rose owns two championship rings from his seven-plus seasons with the Spurs. Two of his best seasons were in 1999 and 2003, when San Antonio won titles.
Best known for his hustle and defense, Rose is so well respected around the NBA that San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was quoted in 2005 as saying how difficult it was to trade Rose to the Knicks at the trading deadline four years ago.
"It was gut-wrenching,” Popovich said.
"He was intricately woven into the fabric of team personality. Highly intelligent, very respected, a class act on and off the court for a lot of years. It took awhile for us to get over it.