Minnesota Timberwolves Signs Former MVP Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is back….with Tom Thibodeau.
After being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Utah Jazz, and then promptly waived thereafter, the 2011 MVP has finally found a home, all the while being reunited with his former coach and teammates.
According to a report by ESPN, Rose has signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, after an official announcement from the team. Sources reported that the point guard has been signed effectively for the rest of the 2017-2018 NBA season.
Rose spoke to the reporters during announcement and said, “the only thing I’m missing now is the opportunity, talking to Thibs, he sounds like he’s going to give me the opportunity, so it’s all about learning the guys and fitting in at the right time.”
When asked regarding the role he will play for the budding Wolves, Rose clarified that he’s not exactly thinking about his specific role and reiterated that he can fit in with the current system and the team.
He said, “I think I can play with anybody, to tell you the truth.” He further added, “I know the game. I’m not a selfish player. I’m not here for stats or anything like that. I just want to win and help this team and franchise win.”
However, reactions to the former All-Star point guard’s signing can be described best as “mixed.” As reported by The Ringer, Rose’s athleticism has been reduced due to a myriad of injuries.
But with now being six seasons removed from the last season Rose can be considered a “superstar,” we’re pretty sure no one’s expecting the player to recapture what he once was. And if managed effectively, Rose can still be a productive contributor, as he averaged 18 points per game with the New York Knicks just a season ago.
Truly, the story of Derrick Rose has been one of the most heartbreaking tales in the NBA, but with this new chance afforded to the former MVP, he better make the best of it.
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