Isiah Thomas thinks Spurs will be Derrick Rose’s next team
Much resigned to a one-and-done deal with the New York Knicks, former MVP Derrick Rose will likely have to look for work elsewhere this summer, with plenty of teams that could use a decent scoring point guard on their roster.
According to Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, one of his possible landing destinations could be the San Antonio Spurs. The Detroit Pistons great called to attention that Rose had played under a hard-nosed defensive coach in Tom Thibodeau during his stint with the Chicago Bulls, which could translate into his role in Gregg Popovich‘s offense.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he went to San Antonio at the end of the year,” Thomas said in the panel of TNT’s Players Only on Monday night. “He’s already said it’s not about the money for him, it’s about winning.”
“I think he’s very coachable. He’s been coached hard under Thibs — Pop coaches hard. I’ve known Derrick since he was a little kid, he’s not a bad guy, he just wants to win. I think in that system… he would fit in that system.”
Rose is a more physical version of Tony Parker, who is getting up there in age. A solid mid-range shooter that can drive to the basket, not particularly adept to the three-point shot or a good defender, but could take his place in the system.
The problem lies on his shelf life and how much of it is left. Rose has had a history of nagging injuries throughout the past four years and while the fit could be naturally there, the Spurs organization isn’t likely to gamble on an injury prone player and give him the keys to the point guard position.