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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose open to returning to Bulls

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose remains beloved by Chicago Bulls fans, and it sounds like the feeling may still be mutual.

Rose did not close the door on returning to Chicago, the city where he was born and started his NBA career, after his current contract expires at the end of the season.

It’s a general answer but it’s something. Rose was a member of the Bulls until 2016, by which point a series of knee injuries had robbed him of his prime. As surprising as the trade was to him at the time, he seems to have moved on. There’s no indication at this point that the Bulls are preparing to bring him back, but it’s an intriguing possibility.

Rose has been good for the Detroit Pistons this season in what has primarily been a reserve role, averaging 18.2 points and 5.8 assists per game.

Derrick Rose says he wants to remain with Pistons

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose is happy right where he is amid the approaching trade deadline.

Speaking with reporters on Saturday, the Detroit Pistons guard said that he wants to remain with the team despite his recent inclusion in trade rumors.

“It’s up to the front office,” said Rose, per Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. [My agent] Arn [Tellem] gave me his word that if something were to happen, he will text or call, but I told him that I want to stay here, but it’s not up to me. You already know how that goes.”

The former MVP has been perhaps Detroit’s best player this season, averaging 18.9 points and 5.9 assists per game on a career-high 49.9 percent shooting. Rose is also under contract for next season and will be owed $7.7 million.

Many contenders are interested in acquiring Rose before the Feb. 6 deadline, but it sounds like he doesn’t mind riding out the year with the 17-33 Pistons.

Report: Pistons seeking lottery pick in potential Derrick Rose trade

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose has drawn interest from multiple contending teams as the NBA trade deadline draws near, and the Detroit Pistons appear to be placing a high price tag on the veteran point guard.

The Pistons are open to discussing trades involving Rose, but Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that they are seeking a lottery-level draft pick in return. That means Detroit wants at least a top-14 pick in return for Rose, and contending teams that are willing to acquire the 31-year-old at that price may need to get creative.

Rose is having a solid season this year with 18.9 points and 6.0 assists per game. Most importantly, he appears healthy. Rose is said to be a bit frustrated that he is playing just 26.7 minutes per game, but the Pistons have made it clear they do not believe he can handle a bigger workload. If Detroit plans to move Rose before Thursday’s deadline, continuing to ensure his health will be a priority.

The Pistons entered Friday just 4.5 games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but Blake Griffin is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery, and the team is exploring the idea of trading Andre Drummond. Given Rose’s lengthy injury history, it may make sense to trade him while he is healthy and performing well.

Rose has one more year and $7.6 million remaining on his contract. We know of at least two teams that are said to be interested in acquiring him, though a three-team deal may be the only way the Pistons can land a lottery pick.

Derrick Rose reportedly drawing interest from Lakers, 76ers

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose has played very well in his first season with the Detroit Pistons after not generating much interest on the free agent market last summer, and it appears he is going to be a valuable trade piece as the deadline approaches.

Rose is drawing interest from multiple contending teams including the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. Both teams are in need of point guard help down the stretch. The Los Angeles Clippers have also inquired about Rose, but those talks were described as more “exploratory” in nature.

Rose has played just 25.8 minutes per game this season and has averaged 18.3 points and 5.9 assists per game despite the somewhat limited role. Haynes reports that he recently asked the team to give him more playing time, but the remarks head coach Dwane Casey made about Rose’s workload earlier this month hold true.

With one more year and $7.6 million remaining on his contract, Rose is said to be happy in Detroit. The Pistons were only three games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference entering Monday, but Blake Griffin is likely out for the season with another injury and Detroit appears committed to being sellers. Unless they are going to try to make a playoff push, trading the 31-year-old Rose is probably the logical thing to do.

Pistons coach says Derrick Rose can’t physically handle more minutes

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose has been arguably the Detroit Pistons’ best player this season, but it’s not as simple as just playing him more minutes.

Speaking with reporters this week, Pistons coach Dwane Casey addressed questions over Rose’s somewhat limited playing time.

“We had a meeting this summer with the medical people and his agent and everybody to come up with a plan to help Derrick,” he said, per Rod Beard of The Detroit News. “Believe me, nobody loved Derrick Rose more and I wish he could play 80 minutes out of 40. But he can’t, so we have to protect him from himself. It’s up to the medical people; it’s their decision and it’s their plan.

“I promise you, I would love to play him more and Derrick would love to play, but he can’t, I mean physically,” Casey continued. “We don’t want to put him in that situation, his body in that situation. So according to the game, we have to be creative.”

Rose is averaging a stout 16.8 points and 5.9 assists per game this season but has been held to just 24.4 minutes a night. As part of his maintenance plan, he only plays about six to seven minutes a quarter and has started just one game all year. The former MVP himself believes that he can handle more though.

“I feel good, but it’s not up to me with the minutes; it’s up to the coaching staff and the [training] staff to come up with it,” Rose was quoted as saying. “Of course, I want to be out there, but I guess they see something I don’t, and they’re worried about it — just being cautious with me.”

Granted, Rose is 31 years old and obviously has one of the most extensive injury histories in basketball. While his resurgence has been one of the best comeback stories in sports lately, the Pistons need to do everything that they can to safeguard his health.

Look: Derrick Rose adds serious neck tattoo

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose is embarking on yet another new journey next season, and he will be doing so with a very visible new tattoo.

Rose recently added a new tattoo to his collection. This one is on his neck, and it says “God Speed.”

Rose signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Detroit Pistons this offseason. He enjoyed a bit of a resurgence with the Minnesota Timberwolves last year, averaging 18.0 points and 4.3 assists per game. His 37 percent mark on threes was the best of his career, while his 48.2 percent from the field was his second-best career mark. He also got emotional early in the season after having the best game of his career.

The neck tattoo Rose got doesn’t appear to be as NBA-centric as some of the ones we have seen players get in the past.

Derrick Rose, Pistons could agree to two-year deal

Derrick Rose

Something seems to be brewing between the Detroit Pistons and Derrick Rose in free agency.

The Pistons were reported on Saturday to be emerging as a favorite to sign Rose, according to The Athletic’s Frank Isola. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said the sides would meet on Sunday with a two-year contract in mind.

Rose, 30, had a career resurgence last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former MVP point guard played in 51 games last season, averaging 18.0 points and 4.3 assists per game. His 37 percent mark on threes was the best of his career, while his 48.2 percent from the field was his second-best career mark.

In Detroit, Rose would compete with Reggie Jackson for minutes at point guard. Jackson is entering the final season of his deal, while Ish Smith is set to become a free agent.