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Derrick Rose says he thinks he can play with anybody

Derrick Rose

Shortly before noon on Thursday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that former NBA MVP Derrick Rose had signed with the Milwaukee Bucks for the remainder of their 2017-18 campaign. While it’s true he’s been in and out of commission at various times this season, Rose still feels like he can play with anyone.

“I think I can play with anybody, to tell you the truth,” Rose told Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “I know the game. I’m not a selfish player. I’m not here for stats or anything like that. I just want to win”

The deal, which will save the Timberwolves roughly $100K, reunites Rose with several familiar faces from his stint with the Chicago Bulls, including head coach Tom Thibodeau and teammates Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson.

Rose, now 29 years of age, hasn’t played since Feb. 7. After being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team deal at last month’s deadline, the Utah Jazz waived the former No. 1 overall pick, allowing him to become a free agent.

In his 16 games played this season, Rose has racked up averages of 9.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting from the field (25.0 percent from beyond the arc), 1.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists.

Exactly how coach Thibodeau will utilize Rose remains to be seen.

The Timberwolves — now the 2nd-ranked team in the Northwest Division standings with a 38-28 overall record — will be back in action on Thursday night, as they’re scheduled to host the Boston Celtics. Tip-off inside the Target Center is set for 8:00 p.m. EST with TNT having live broadcast coverage.