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.
“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.
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.
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.
The NBA trade deadline has passed, but we are far from the end of the player movement. It has become normal that a robust buyout market emerges after the deadline, as players who weren’t moved — or were moved to match salaries — are set free to sign with contenders for the minimum. These buyout players are valuable weapons for cap-limited teams in need of more depth.
Who will end up on the buyout market this year? Here are ten potential candidates of varying likelihood.
1) Derrick Rose, Jazz
Derrick Rose was sent to Utah as part of a three-way trade the Cavs made on deadline day. Reports have said he is likely to seek a buyout and receive one from the Jazz. If that happens, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been mentioned as a potential landing spot. He has great familiarity with his former coach Tom Thibodeau and ex-teammate Jimmy Butler, and is said to have interest in a reunion.
As of 3 PM Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, Feb. 8 in the year of our Lord 2018, the NBA trade deadline became history. As we emerge on the other side with the Cavs trading away everyone including the kitchen sink, Lob City giving way to Motor City, and point guards ping-ponging every which way, here is a quick recap of the ten biggest takeaways from all of the hysteria.
1. The Cavs went full 2K GM mode
Enter: Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr, Rodney Hood, George Hill
I’m not screaming, you’re screaming. The Cavs had gone 7-13 in their last 20 games (even after LeBron James ruined the entire state of Minnesota on Wednesday) and were seemingly at each other’s throats every other night. Well, the possibility of James jumping ship in T-minus five months served as their wake-up call and then some at the trade deadline. Cleveland now runs it back with literally half of their roster gone, but by flipping out many of their curmudgeonly 30-somethings for adaptable 20-somethings, the hope is they will get back to competing with the Golden States or even just the Bostons of the world. Sure, they still weren’t able to get anyone to bite on the contracts of Earl Joseph Smith III or Tristan Kardashian. You can’t deny though that this team looks a lot healthier now, both in talent and in temperament alike.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ three-way trade that sent Derrick Rose to Utah could end up with the former MVP back with his former coach.
Rose was traded to Utah along with Jae Crowder as part of a deal that sent Rodney Hood and George Hill to Cleveland, and Joe Johnson to Sacramento.
The Vertical’s Shams Charania says the Jazz are likely to release Rose. The New York Times’ Marc Stein further reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves will try to sign Rose once he is bought out. He also says there is mutual interest in that happening.
The Timberwolves will try to sign Derrick Rose if he clears waivers after his looming release by Utah, according to league sources
Rose played for Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau in Chicago. But the Timberwolves already have Jimmy Butler on the roster, and there was talk about him clashing with Rose when they were on the Bulls together. Maybe a reunion wouldn’t be for the best.
The Cleveland Cavaliers completely overhauled their backcourt at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, and Derrick Rose is on his way out of town in addition to Isaiah Thomas.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs acquired guards Rodney Hood and George Hill in a three-way trade with the Jazz and Kings. Rose and Jae Crowder are heading to Utah, and Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert are being sent to Sacramento.
Utah has traded Rodney Hood to Cleveland, league source tells ESPN.
The news came almost immediately after the Cavs traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Cleveland has had serious chemistry problems this season, and they are clearer determined to get younger for the stretch run.
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.
Tyronn Lue had a comical response to Derrick Rose having to use the restroom in the beginning of the fourth quarter on Friday when Lue tried to sub him in. "Yeah, I’m holding that," Lue said Sunday. "If I’m playing that good, I’m going to hold it. Get a… https://t.co/w95WUnpkZV