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.
Free agent G Derrick Rose will meet with the Pistons on Sunday, with both sides motivated on finding a pathway to a two-year contract, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019
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.
Derrick Rose was in tears upon learning of his trade to the New York Knicks in 2016.
Stadium is airing a documentary about Derrick Rose called “Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story.” One of the clips they shared to help promote the documentary includes footage of the moment Rose learned he was being traded to the Knicks.
The clip is below but contains profanity:
— Stadium (@Stadium) April 12, 2019
Rose was drafted by the Bulls first overall in 2008 and quickly developed into an All-Star and MVP for his hometown team. Chicago looked like a leading contender in the East for years to come until multiple knee injuries derailed his career.
Chicago finally decided to part ways with the point guard in the summer of 2016, sending him to the Knicks. Things went haywire in New York and didn’t really get back on track until this past season with the Timberwolves.
Clips like this show us just how much a trade can impact a player — particularly one with a special connection to his city.
Derrick Rose had a shockingly harsh response on Monday for fans who doubt that he can continue to play at a high level without Tom Thibodeau, and the former NBA MVP has since apologized for the remarks he made.
While speaking with reporters, Rose reflected on the time he spent playing under Thibodeau and praised the coach for continuing to believe in him through all of his major injuries. He then said anyone who thinks he won’t play the same way just because Thibodeau isn’t his coach anymore can “kill yourself.”
Derrick Rose reflects on Thibs: “He was the only coach that believed in me… No teams wasn’t looking for me at all. I was basically out the league. Even coming here, everybody didn’t know I was going to play this way.” pic.twitter.com/IUTz7tEUPn
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) January 7, 2019
Rose used the phrase twice, so it would be difficult for him to claim he misspoke. However, he later tweeted that he was only using it as a slang term and apologized for the way it came off.
I messed up by using the slang term “kill yourself” today in response to a question about whether I can continue to perform without coach Thibs. I did not mean it literally and regret using it so I apologize.
— Derrick Rose (@drose) January 7, 2019
Rose has been through more than the average player during his NBA career, and we already saw earlier this season how emotional he can be. There are certain things players probably want to say to their critics but are wise enough not to, and Rose seems to realize this is one instance where he should have bitten his tongue.
Fans at the United Center showered Derrick Rose with “MVP!” chants during his return to the place he called home for seven seasons.
Rose last played for the Chicago Bulls in 2016. However, he still receives love when he comes back to the Windy City, and Wednesday was no different. During the Bulls’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rose received chants of “MVP!” while at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
— The whole city of Chicago pic.twitter.com/Xozh4wTZhE
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) December 27, 2018
Rose said a few years ago there was no bad blood between him and his former team, and it’s clear the fans feel that is the case.
Rose won the NBA’s MVP Award while with the Bulls in 2011. And while he has not been able to replicate that form in recent years due to injuries, he has played well for Minnesota this season. In 30 games, Rose is averaging 18.5 points and 4.6 assists.
Derrick Rose was showered with praise across the NBA community after he set a career high with 50 points on Wednesday night, but you could make the argument that no one was happier for him than World Cup star Antoine Griezmann.
Griezmann, who plays for Atletico Madrid and helped France win the World Cup over the summer, is a huge Rose fan. Even after he scored in the World Cup final, Griezmann randomly interrupted a teammate’s interview to profess his love for Rose. It’s no surprise, then, that Griezmann was one of the many who gave Rose a shoutout for his 50-point game.
We saw tributes pour in from various NBA stars and Rose become overwhelmed with emotion following the game, but you can bet Griezmann was among the most thrilled when he learned what the former NBA MVP accomplished.
Derrick Rose received love throughout the NBA following his career night in Minnesota.
Rose made the most of the opportunity to start that was presented because of injuries to Tyus Jones and Jeff Teague. Against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, Rose dropped a career-high 50 points.
After the game, Rose was emotional during an interview. He wasn’t the only one overcome with joy as a few of his peers took to social media to express their happiness for Rose.
Every Basketball fan in the world should feel good for DRose. Tonite was an example of never giving up on yourself and when others believe in you. Amazing things can happen. I’m smiling like i scored 50! Congrts to a good dude!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 1, 2018
— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) November 1, 2018
Man couldn’t be more happy for d . Can only imagine the emotions after what he’s gone through. Well deserved. Hard work is undefeated
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) November 1, 2018
Happy for @drose man awesome to see!
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) November 1, 2018
Great to see D Rose dominate!!! https://t.co/CMrx9ye6nz
— Al Horford (@Al_Horford) November 1, 2018
Have a night DRose!! Inspiring for anyone who went through injuries (and more)!
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) November 1, 2018
s/o to @drose for the 50 piece tonight!!!
— Chris Paul (@CP3) November 1, 2018
Rose had put a lot of work and effort into returning from several injuries during his career. He has been the subject of jokes from fans over the past few years, but it’s clear he is still very well liked around the league.
Derrick Rose turned back the clock on Wednesday, putting up a career-high 50 points in a win over the Utah Jazz.
Rose was thrust into a starting role due to injuries to Tyus Jones and Jeff Teague. He responded with an incredible game, going 19/31 from the field and 8/11 at the line.
He made two free throws at the end of the game and had a key block to help his Minnesota Timberwolves win 128-125.
Rose was incredibly emotional after the win.
Derrick Rose showing that emotion and love for basketball pic.twitter.com/QlU2HgaOx6
— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) November 1, 2018
— Cody Harvey (@CodyLHarvey) November 1, 2018
When asked in an interview after the game what his career-best effort meant, he said “everything. I worked my a– off.”
Rose’s career has been derailed by injuries and questions about his desire. He has bounced around teams but may be finding a home with Minnesota.