Report: Derrick Rose to sign with Timberwolves for rest of season
Free agent point guard Derrick Rose has agreed to reunite with former coach Tom Thibodeau and play with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Timberwolves had scouted Rose for a while, and with no other imminent offer for his services, it’s likely the former 2011 MVP will sign for the veteran minimum, as Minnesota attempts to navigate the last 16 games of this regular season.
Rose had a shaky stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, still mired with nagging injuries and struggling to adapt to Tyronn Lue’s system. He was traded to the Utah Jazz and later waived as part of a three-team trade with the Sacramento Kings, which net the Cavs veteran George Hill.
The Chicago native will once again play under his former coach and also link back up with Jimmy Butler, who is sidelined with an injury. He’s likely to play under starter Jeff Teague, after he’s put up the worst numbers of his career — 9.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists.
As it’s been made clear before — this Rose isn’t anywhere near close to the MVP-caliber talent from seven years ago, with some executives even skeptical that he’s lost his desire to play basketball.
The Timberwolves have slid all the way to sixth place after losing two straight and winning only four of their last 10 games, while teams like the Portland Trail Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans have surged with long win streaks that have landed them on the top part of the Western Conference playoffs.