Are we about to see a reunion between Tom Thibodeau and Derrick Rose? It certainly appears possible.
With Cleveland having dealt Rose to Utah on Thursday as the NBA deadline approached, and with the Jazz expected to release the point guard, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that the Wolves will try to sign Rose if he clears waivers. Stein cited NBA sources in his report.
Stein tweeted that Rose has interest in reuniting with Thibodeau, who coached him for four seasons in Chicago and saw Rose earn NBA MVP honors in 2010-11. The Bulls went 62-20 that season and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals as Rose averaged 25 points and 7.7 assists per game.
Rose, 29, has battled injuries since that time and played in only 16 games with the Cavaliers this season after spending last season with the New York Knicks. Rose was averaging 9.8 points and 1.6 assists with the Cavaliers.
The Wolves expressed interest in acquiring Rose from the Knicks last season but the two teams could not reach an agreement on a deal.
If Rose does sign with the Wolves, it would be interesting to see if it impacts Tyus Jones’ playing time behind Jeff Teague.