Wolves news: Derrick Rose's Adidas contract will pay him $14 million for being on NBA roster in 2018-19
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Derrick Rose’s Adidas contract will pay him $14 million for being on NBA roster in 2018-19

Derrick Rose, Wolves, Adidas

Shortly following the start of the NBA free agency period, the Minnesota Timberwolves moved fast to agree to terms on a one-year deal to bring back former All-Star point guard Derrick Rose.

According to Nick DePaula of ESPN, this has helped Rose trigger his endorsement contract with Adidas as the company will pay him more than $14.5 million for the upcoming season.

Rose is in the midst of a 14-year endorsement deal with Adidas that will pay him a minimum of nearly $190 million over the span of the deal. This keeps his active where he will earn another significant payday from a contract that he worked out following his MVP campaign.

This is a huge bonus for Rose, who has struggled with injuries over the last several years that have derailed him from recapturing the form that saw him become one of the top point guards in the league. Instead, he has been relegated to being a reliable scoring option off the bench when healthy.

He had proven just that when he joined the Timberwolves as a late-season addition that helped further stabilize their backcourt. In his limited time with the Timberwolves, Rose was a spark plug off the bench showing his ability to get to the rim with the primary ball handler of the offense for the second unit. He was also a huge scoring asset in the playoffs in the first-round series against the  Houston Rockets averaging 14.2 points on 50.9 percent from the field and 70 percent from 3-point range.

This could be Rose’s chance to flourish this upcoming season with the Timberwolves under his former longtime Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. He has a great deal of comfort playing in the offensive scheme where he had some of his best years in the league that should help him demonstrate he still has plenty left in the tank.