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.
Free agent guard Derrick Rose is signing with Minnesota for the rest of the season, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 8, 2018
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.
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.
One team expected to survey the possibility of signing Derrick Rose, league sources tell ESPN: The Washington Wizards. John Wall still has several more weeks of rehab following knee surgery.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2018
The Wolves continue to have great interest in adding Derrick Rose and will explore the possibility of claiming the former MVP off waivers now that Utah has released him, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 10, 2018
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
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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.
The Timberwolves will try to sign Derrick Rose if he clears waivers after his looming release by Utah, according to league sources
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 8, 2018
With Tom Thibodeau in charge, Minnesota is a natural landing spot for Derrick Rose, who has interest in a reunion, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 8, 2018
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.