Tom Thibodeau is going back to the future.
According to ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves will sign point guard Derrick Rose to a deal, reuniting Rose with his former head coach with the Chicago Bulls. Thibodeau has already added Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, both former Bulls, to the Minnesota roster.
Even though earlier reports said that Rose had only been offered 10-day contracts, the agreement with the Timberwolves will keep Rose on the roster for the remainder of the season. Rose played with the Cleveland Cavaliers before being dealt prior to the trade deadline. The Utah Jazz subsequently waived Rose, making him a free agent.
After spending last season with the New York Knicks, Rose agreed to a veteran’s minimum deal with the Cavs, with the hopes of winning a title. The Timberwolves, due in large part to Butler’s knee injury, are in a battle for a Western Conference playoff spot.
Rose will likely add some scoring punch to the Wolves while the team awaits Butler’s return.
The 2011 MVP Award winner has missed much of the 2017-18 season with an ankle injury, and he even contemplated retirement during his time away from the Cavaliers.
Rose will join guard Tyus Jones as guards coming off Thibodeau’s bench. The 38-28 Timberwolves are currently sixth in the West, although they are just 2.5 games ahead of the ninth-seeded Denver Nuggets.
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