Derrick Rose will enter the free agency market for the first time since being drafted the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft. According to the latest report, the Minnesota Timberwolves expressed interest in acquiring Rose this summer. Will the former MVP consider a reunion with coach Tom Thibodeau?
Before the trade deadline, the New York Knicks engaged in a trade talk with the Timberwolves centered on Derrick Rose and Ricky Rubio. Unfortunately, the deal failed to materialize. However, there are speculations that the Timberwolves will revisit their interest on Rose this summer where they can get him without trading assets.
NBA Rumors: Derrick Rose to Minnesota Timberwolves
According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Timberwolves see Rose as a potential free-agent target in the upcoming offseason. In the past months, Timberwolves president of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau expressed his interest in having his former players in Minnesota. Rose played for five seasons under Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls.
During those times, Rose and Thibodeau built a strong relationship. The 28-year-old point guard also had numerous achievements, including winning the 2011 MVP and entering the Eastern Conference Finals. The Timberwolves mostly consist of young players and obviously need to add veterans.
Rose will be a great addition in Minnesota where he can play alongside Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. However, if the Timberwolves are serious about acquiring Rose, there is a higher possibility that Ricky Rubio will be back on the trading block this summer.
NBA Rumors: Derrick Rose Knicks return possible
Begley revealed that Rose is still open to re-signing with the Knicks. Team president Phil Jackson is also not ruling out the possibility of bringing Rose back this summer. However, it remains questionable if the former MVP will still be a good fit with the Knicks.
After the All-Star break, the Knicks decided to execute Jackson’s preferred offensive strategy, the triangle offense. Rose and Carmelo Anthony expressed their opposition to the system earlier this season. Unfortunately, after they struggled to win games with the fast-paced offense, the Knicks used the triangle offense.
Jackson also revealed their plan to fully execute the system next season. As most people think, the system needs a pass-first point guard and not a ball-dominant player like Rose. If he really wants to stay in New York, Rose must consider making a huge adjustment with his game and improve his three-point shooting.
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