The Cleveland Cavaliers' roster overhaul at the trade deadline saw them trade away six players in an effort to save their season and compete for a championship.
One of the half-dozen players offloaded was Derrick Rose as he was part of a trade with the Utah Jazz which also included Jae Crowder and saw the Cavs receive Rodney Hood in return.
Utah, however, had no interest in keeping Rose on their books and swiftly agreed a buyout deal with him that allowed him to become a free agent.
The 2011 MVP is now searching for his next NBA team and it has been reported that a reunion with former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is a possibility.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the teams interested in acquiring the point guard and it could also see him team up with another former member of the Bulls; Jimmy Butler.
With Rose struggling with injuries and Butler emerging as the best player on the Chicago roster, there was a bit of a power struggle between the two when they took to the floor together.
They had the makings of a strong backcourt pairing but they didn't always have the best relationship and chemistry on the court together.
It led to the Bulls ultimately trading D.Rose to the New York Knicks and handing the reigns of the team over to Butler.
With both players now out of the Windy City, there's a chance they could play together again but the Timberwolves guard says it's not something he's discussed with coach Thibodeau.
“That’s not my job,” Butler told Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. “Is he a hell of a player? Yeah. But that’s up to Thibs and everybody else to figure if he has a place on this roster and this team.
"Obviously, I’ve played with him before. I know the talent he has. It’s not my job to say.”
The Wolves are already well stocked in the point guard department with starter Jeff Teague and reserves Tyus Jones and Aaron Brooks.
“Does Thibs need to talk to me about it? Not really,’’ Butler said. ‘‘I will talk to him about it. I’m sure he’ll ask me as he always does. But it’s not my job. I’ll give my input, I’ll tell you that. I’ll give my input.”
In order for Rose to be part of their playoff roster, Minnesota (or any other team) would have to sign him before the March 1 deadline.
Speaking to the Star Tribune, owner Glen Taylor said he isn't planning to sign Rose or any free agents just yet.
The 29-year-old had his best seasons under Thibs and they have a familiarity together which is why there's a mutual interest in working with each other again.
But Rose isn't the same player he was all those years ago and there's a real question mark over his NBA future. It'll be interesting to see if any contending team chooses to take him on in the coming week.News Now - Sport News