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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose says he is ‘big time’ motivated to prove doubters wrong

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose is back in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he says he is on a mission.

Rose signed with the Timberwolves on Thursday and will be with them for the rest of the season, though he will not be on the postseason roster.

Rose began the season with the Cavaliers, battled injuries, and was ultimately traded on deadline day in February. He never found a fit with Cleveland, and there were reports surrounding him saying he was considering retirement. Now that he’s had a month off, Rose says he is ready to prove people wrong.

Rose told ESPN’s Nick Friedell that he “feels great” and is motivated “big time” to prove people wrong.

“I’m 29, they’re acting like I’m 39. I’m still able to push the ball up the floor, they’re acting like I’m in a wheelchair. All these injuries — like even coming here to take my physical [the Timberwolves medical staff] looked at my physical, they couldn’t believe how my body was in good shape. Little things like that push me to go out here and work even harder, because on the outside looking in, you probably think I walk with a limp, you probably think I’m wearing ice bags every day, this and that. Man, it’s totally opposite of that,” Rose said.

Rose only averaged 9.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in 16 contests with Cleveland this season. If all goes well, he’ll be available to help Minnesota over the final 15 games of the regular season. Perhaps being reunited with Tom Thibodeau and some of his former Chicago Bulls teammates will help him find his way back.

Derrick Rose reportedly agrees to deal with Timberwolves

Derrick Rose

It has been nearly a month since Derrick Rose was released by the Utah Jazz following a three-team trade at the deadline, and the former NBA MVP has finally found a new home.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Rose has signed a contract to join the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season.

The T-Wolves were considered the favorites to sign Rose all along, as the point guard played some of his best basketball under Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau when Thibodeau was the coach of the Chicago Bulls.

Rose’s injury history has been well documented, but teams may have been more concerned about the questions over whether or not he still wants to play. The Timberwolves are 38-28 and currently the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference, so any help they can get from Rose down the stretch and into the playoffs would be a bonus.

Report: Derrick Rose has received very little interest

Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose has received very little interest from teams as a free agent, according to a report.

Rose was traded to the Utah Jazz as part of a 3-way deal on the day of the NBA trade deadline. He was then released by Utah and is now a free agent. Three weeks later, he remains unsigned.

According to Bleacher Report’s Ken Berger, Rose is receiving very little interest from NBA teams. He says the former NBA MVP is really receiving mostly just 10-day contract offers.

From Berger:

Barring something unforeseen, multiple team executives contacted by B/R are convinced that Rose may have to wait till next year.

To this point, Rose has received a couple of 10-day contract offers, but nothing more attractive or substantial, league sources told B/R.

The deadline for teams to have their playoff rosters set has passed, meaning Rose will definitely not appear in the postseason, even if he catches on with a good team. The Timberwolves and Wizards reportedly had interest in him, but nothing has materialized.

A combination of injuries and questions over Rose’s desire to play seem to have soured teams on him.

Derrick Rose clears waivers, now free to sign with any team

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose has cleared waivers and is now free to sign with teams.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that Rose had cleared waivers.

Rose was waived by the Utah Jazz over the weekend after being acquired as part of a three-team trade involving the Kings and Cavaliers on Thursday.

The Timberwolves and Wizards are among the teams that were reported to have interest in signing the 29-year-old guard once he cleared waivers.

Rose is averaging 9.8 points per game this season in limited minutes.

Report: Timberwolves, Wizards interested in Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose will have no shortage of suitors now that he has been waived by the Utah Jazz.

Reports indicated that the Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves will be leading suitors for Rose, who was officially waived on Saturday.

The Timberwolves may be the favorites. We heard about their interest on Thursday, and his former coach in Chicago, Tom Thibodeau, could be a significant draw.

Ty Lue jokes about Derrick Rose’s bathroom incident

Tyronn Lue

Ty Lue had a little fun with Derrick Rose’s bathroom situation.

Rose revealed on Saturday that Lue got upset with him for not being available to be subbed into Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers because he was in the restroom. Rose had 14 points in 15 minutes and was clearly hot in the game, as he had made 6 of 8 shots, including 2-for-3 on three-pointers.

Speaking about the matter on Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach said that a player who’s that hot should hold it in next time.

Rose remains perplexed that the bathroom issue doesn’t come up more frequently. He noted on Saturday that he tends to go to the bathroom during games.

“Guys are out there for two hours straight … and nobody takes a bathroom break. It blows my mind, bro! Whenever I come out of the game, I go right to the restroom, hydrate, and I’m right back at it.”

Rose may now have learned his lesson that he needs to find out what Lue’s plans are for him before he leaves the court to utilize the facilities.

Derrick Rose insists he is not depressed, was not close to retiring when he left Cavs

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose wants you to know that he is doing just fine.

In a wide-ranging interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that ran on Wednesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard opened up about his state of mind following a brief leave of absence that he recently took from the team.

“Be patient. I’m good. I’m just taking my time,” said Rose. “You don’t have to worry about me. I’m not depressed. I’m good. A lot of people think I’m depressed because of what I’m going through. It’s the total opposite. I learned from my mistakes three or four years ago when I put myself into a shell.

“No. No. That’s stupid,” the former Most Valuable Player added when asked if he came close to retiring when he left the Cavs. “I don’t want to even talk about that. But I’m just happy that LeBron [James] understood.”

The 29-year-old Rose, who still has no timetable to return from a sprained left ankle that he originally suffered in October, left the team on Nov. 22 before eventually rejoining them on Dec. 4.

There was much speculation at the time about Rose’s NBA future (which is understandable given his lengthy injury history) as well as his motivations for ultimately returning to the Cavs. Nevertheless, it sounds like the three-time All-Star remains committed to the game of basketball and is in a good mental state, which is all that matters right now.

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