Derrick Rose is once again entering the offseason with uncertainty regarding his future in the NBA.
The point guard signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer but he didn't enjoy the best of stints and was traded to the Utah Jazz in February.
He was immediately cut by the Jazz and was once again a free agent. But he didn't have to wait long to find another team as he finished the campaign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Rose was reunited with former head coach Tom Thibodeau and helped to get the team to the playoffs.
The veteran showed flashes of his old self and looked good coming off the bench in the postseason.
The 29-year-old was one bright spark in their first-round exit to the Houston Rockets as he put up 14.2 points, a rebound, and two assists over five games, shooting almost 51 percent from the field.
The T-Wolves were impressed with what they saw from the former MVP and are now interested in re-signing him for next season, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
Krawczynski reports that the interest is mutual as the three-time All-Star is also keen to remain in Minnesota.
There are obvious concerns about his health but the franchise has seen enough to consider signing him to another contract.
“No question that they are interested in bringing Rose back," Krawczynski said. "Thibs certainly heard plenty of questions when he first brought Rose in. But in that role as a combo guard off the bench, Rose was good. He played solid defence, scored well and was a great teammate.
"The question will be can he stay healthy for a full season? His body just keeps betraying him, and he missed some time with a sprained ankle during his stint with the Wolves.”
With the team having $110 million in guaranteed salaries next season, Rose will certainly have to accept a discounted contract similar to what he took with the Cavs if he wants to stay in Minneapolis.
Another option will be to trade Tyus Jones as he fell down the point guard pecking order once the former Chicago Bulls man arrived.
Krawczynski reports that it shouldn't come as a surprise if Thibodeau chooses to take this option and offloads him.
It's clear that at this stage in his career, D.Rose can't carry a team and is best suited to a bench role where he can have an impact despite being given less responsibility.
He performed well in this role behind starter Jeff Teague and it now looks like his time with the Timberwolves will be extended.
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