Veteran point guard and former NBA MVP Derrick Rose has reached a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season, a person with knowledge of the agreement told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation until the team announces it.
This move reunites Rose with Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who was Rose’s coach during their time together with the Chicago Bulls. It's also a reunion for Rose and former Bulls teammates Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Aaron Brooks. All of them last played together - and were coached by Thibodeau - during the 2014-15 season where the Bulls lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thibodeau was soon fired, but the four of them would play together for one more season after that.
Rose, who is playoff eligible, became a free agent when the Utah Jazz waived him following Rose’s trade from Cleveland to the Jazz. The 2010-11 MVP has been bothered by injuries this season and never found the right role during his time with the Cavaliers.
Rose averaged 9.8 points and shot 43.9% from the field in 16 games with a season-high 20 points for Cleveland.
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