2018 Free Agency

Reports: Derrick Rose agrees to one-year deal with Minnesota Timberwolves

From NBA media reports

Derrick Rose’s reunion tour with coach Tom Thibodeau will apparently continue.

According to multiple reports, the former MVP winner Rose has agreed to a 1-year deal and will re-sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rose was waived by the Utah Jazz on Feb. 10 after the team acquired him in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 8. The Wolves officially added Rose on March 8 of last season. Since Rose was waived before March 1, he became eligible to join the Timberwolves’ playoff roster.

He averaged 5.8 points and 1.2 assists in nine regular-season games last season, then upped his averages to 14.2 ppg and 2.6 apg in Minnesota’s five first-round playoff games. Here’s more from Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune on Rose and the Wolves:

The Timberwolves’ top target when the NBA’s free-agency period began at 11 p.m. Saturday, former league MVP Derrick Rose reached agreement with them on a one-year contract in the hour before the clock struck midnight, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

Rose will be paid $2.393 million for the coming season.

The agreement keeps him with Wolves coach/President of Basketball Operations Tom Thibodeau, who coached him for five seasons, including his MVP award in 2011, with the Chicago Bulls.

Thibodeau signed him as a free agent in March and on Thursday indicated he’d be a high priority in free agency.

“We like the way he fit in,” Thibodeau said Thursday. “We felt he played really well in the playoffs and that’s sort of been his history. We’re going to go after as many as good players as we can.”

Rose’s best season in the NBA came under Thibodeau in 2010-11, when he became the youngest player to win the NBA MVP award. That season, Rose averaged 25.0 points and 7.7 assists while leading the Chicago Bulls to the best record in the NBA and the Eastern Conference finals.

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