Derrick Rose Rumors: Timberwolves Interested in Bringing PG Back in Free Agency

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2018

Minnesota Timberwolves' Derrick Rose plays against the Houston Rockets during the first half of Game 4 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Monday, April 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly interested in re-signing veteran point guard Derrick Rose in free agency this offseason, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

After beginning the 2017-18 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Rose reunited with former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota and performed well in a first-round playoff loss to the Houston Rockets.

The 29-year-old appeared in nine regular-season games for the T-Wolves, averaging 5.8 points and 1.2 assists.

As the primary backup to Jeff Teague in the postseason, however, Rose put up 14.2 points, 2.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game in five contests.

Rose is a three-time All-Star, and he won the NBA MVP award in 2010-11 while playing under Thibodeau with the Bulls.

He seemed to find his form during this season's playoffs, and his familiarity with Thibs may have played a role in that.

Minnesota has a young and talented team, and Rose's experience could be a major asset as they look to improve on an eighth-place finish in the Western Conference.

Rose hasn't been the same player since he was ravaged by knee injuries from 2011-12 through 2013-14, but he did put up 18.0 points per game for the New York Knicks in 2016-17.

He likely won't be asked to play such a big role with the Timberwolves next season should they re-sign him, but he would be a quality mentor for 22-year-old Tyus Jones, who may be Minnesota's point guard of the future.

With the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins in place, the T-Wolves have the pieces needed to be a threat in the Western Conference in the coming years, and they would likely benefit from having a player with Rose's resume in the supporting cast.

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