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Dwane Casey admits there ‘might be situations’ where Pistons look to rest Derrick Rose

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Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey admits there “might be situations” where the team looks to rest Derrick Rose, which is why they signed Tim Frazier this offseason.

Rose only played in 51 games last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and is prone to injuries. The Pistons want to make sure Rose and starter Reggie Jackson are fresh for the playoffs, so some load management might be in play in 2019-20.

“If Reggie’s out or misses a game or whatever, now you have Derrick and Tim sitting there. That was what our front office with Ed (Stefanski) and Malik (Rose) went into free agency looking for,” Casey told Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. “If something happens – and there might be situations where we look to rest Derrick – he gives you that third point guard that has been vital to this organization over the last two, three years.”

Derrick Rose has undergone six surgeries since winning the MVP award back in 2011 with the Chicago Bulls. The Pistons will watch Rose’s minutes carefully as a result.

Last season with the Timberwolves, Rose averaged 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. The former MVP shot 48.2 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from beyond the arc and 85.6 percent from the free-throw line.