Derrick Rose Signs with Timberwolves After Cavaliers Trade, Jazz Release

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers' Derrick Rose drives against the Orlando Magic in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Derrick Rose has found a home for the remainder of the season. 

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Thursday they have agreed to terms with Rose after he was released by the Utah Jazz in February. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN first reported the news. 

Rose signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the veteran's minimum prior to the season, but his time with the Wine and Gold wasn't exactly memorable. 

The 29-year-old appeared in only 16 games for the Cavaliers because of a persistent ankle injury, and he stepped away from the club in November to "seriously" re-evaluate his future in the NBA, according to ESPN.com's Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin

"He's tired of being hurt, and it's taking a toll on him mentally," a source told the two at the time. 

Rose rejoined the Cavaliers in December to continue his rehabilitation, and he returned to the court Jan. 18 following a two-month absence from the rotation. 

Cleveland subsequently dealt the 2010-11 MVP to the Jazz at the trade deadline along with Jae Crowder, but Utah released him shortly after the deal was completed so he could pursue a new chance elsewhere. 

Rose will now reunite with head coach Tom Thibodeau following their time together with the Chicago Bulls. The question is whether Rose will see regular minutes off the bench since Tyus Jones has done an excellent job backing up Jeff Teague all season long. 

To date, the Timberwolves have outscored opponents by 6.8 points per 100 possessions with Jones on the floor, according to NBA.com's lineup data. Jones also ranks second among qualified point guards in ESPN's real defensive plus-minus

By comparison, the Cavaliers were outscored by 5.3 points per 100 possessions with Rose on the floor, largely because he failed to pull his weight on defense. He also averaged more turnovers (1.8) than assists (1.6) while shooting 43.9 percent from the field. 

Jones, meanwhile, has sunk 46.1 percent of his field-goal attempts and is posting a 4.02 assist-to-turnover ratio

That disparity in effectiveness suggests Jones' role should be safe, but Thibodeau's well-documented affection for former players could mean Minnesota's rotation is due for a small shake-up in the weeks to come.

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