Last Updated: 2018-03-08
Just last week, it was an uncertainty if Derrick Rose was going to play in the NBA ever again. Now, his NBA journey has taken him to his third team in one season. The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed the veteran point guard for the stretch run of the season.
The former NBA MVP is reconnecting with some of his former teammates and coaches from Chicago. Head coach Tom Thibodeau led the Chicago Bulls resurgence with Rose as the centerpiece. Rose earned MVP honors in 2011. However, from there, it was pretty much all downhill due to injuries. Rose played 39 games in 2011-12. He missed all of the 2012-13 season with an ACL tear. Then, he only played in 10 games in 2013-14. Meaning, Rose only participated in four games over a three-year span. He finally returned to play in 107 games over the next two seasons and that was a great accomplishment. Considering what Rose had been through, even seeing that much time on the court was a miracle.
Jimmy Butler emerged as a offensive leader for the Bulls and Rose was gone from the team after the 2015 season. He signed with the New Yorks for one-year and their promising team crashed after a fairly strong start. During all of the upheaval last summer, Rose joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason. However, that whole situation seemed flame out from the start. Rose started in 7 of 16 games played due to injuries, but left the team for a couple of weeks. By the time he returned, the Cavaliers were in turmoil and Rose was traded at the deadline. He was quickly bought out by the Utah Jazz where he languished as a free agent for a few weeks.
Now, Rose is part of a playoff hopeful in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves are (38-28) and in sixth place. They are one game out of the fourth seed and 2.5 games in back of the third seed. The Timberwolves should be in battle for playoff positioning the rest of the way. However, there is a chance that the rest of the playoff contenders could surpass them. Remember, Butler injured his knee in late February. Therefore, the Timberwolves will be shorthanded for majority of this month and maybe beyond. If Butler can return from the meniscus injury in time for a postseason run, he can team up with Rose for one last playoff run. Maybe more.
Rose is averaging 9.8 points per game on 44 percent shooting. He is only connecting on 25 percent of his 3-point attempts.
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