Perhaps Derrick Rose served as something of an inspiration for one member of the World Cup-winning France squad.
During a Fox Sports interview with midfielder Paul Pogba, French teammate Antoine Griezmann wandered into the shot and was given an opportunity to deliver a message in English. The forward, who scored in the final, went with a simple one: he just loves Derrick Rose.
There is no elaborate backstory. The simple explanation is that Griezmann is a huge NBA fan and has long counted Rose as one of his favorite players.
Rose has had a rough couple years, but they’ve inspired him to prove his doubters wrong. Griezmann is very clearly not one of those doubters.
It’s still very early in NBA free agency, but players are already committing to sign contracts with teams — some old, some new. Some of these deals make a lot of sense, while others are headscratchers, even with many of the offseason dominoes yet to fall.
Here are five of the best and worst deals of free agency in the NBA so far — and remember, none of these contracts can become official until July 6, so things are subject to change.
5) Nuggets to sign Will Barton to four-year, $54 million deal
Keeping their core intact is a big deal for the Nuggets, who are also set to ink Nikola Jokic long-term in the week ahead as well. It’s a great deal for Barton, who gets a lot of guaranteed money, and the Nuggets get to keep a player who became very valuable to them. He’s a 37 percent three-point shooter and a threat on the perimeter coveted by many teams. It’s a deal that works for both sides.
4) Bucks to sign Ersan Ilyasova to three-year, $21 million deal
Ilyasova knows Milwaukee well, and he does a lot of things that will help a team. He’s a competent defender who can stretch the floor and shoot from the perimeter, and the Sixers even employed him as a small-ball center at times, opening up a new possible route for his game. It’s not hard to envision him paired with Giannis Antetokounmpo in a smaller lineup causing some havoc. The three year deal is a risk for Milwaukee, but a big win for Ilyasova, who should fit in nicely and rather affordably in Milwaukee.
3) Nets to sign Ed Davis to one-year, $4.4 million deal
Davis seems perpetually underused and underpaid, and here he is again on a rather cheap deal, but one that could pay dividends for Brooklyn. Davis isn’t a starter, but he can come off the bench and grab you rebounds and score you some points in stretches. Players like that are very valuable, and it’s even better if you can get them on low-risk contracts such as this one. Worst-case scenario? He becomes a nice little trade chip in February.
2) Mavericks to sign DeAndre Jordan to one-year, $24 million deal
It’s a low-risk, high-reward move for both sides. The Mavericks aren’t contenders, but getting a year of Jordan ensures that they have a quality player that they’re not married to long-term if things don’t work out. Jordan gets a nice payday and the opportunity to rebuild some value. He’s still an offensive weapon, though some concerns began to arise about his defense last season. If he answers those, he could either opt to make his stay long-term or get one more big contract somewhere else next summer.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
2) Joe Johnson, Kings
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
Exeunt: Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Dwyane Wade
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.
2. The Lakers come out as big winners
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.
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.