Derrick Rose has reportedly found a home for the remainder of the season.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Rose and the Minnesota Timberwolvesagreed to terms Thursdayon a contract after the Utah Jazz released him in February.
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 Wojnarowski and McMenamin at the time.
Rose ultimately 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 moving forward 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 6.8points 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 swished 46.1 percent of his total 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 shakeup in the weeks to come.