That opened up speculation that Rose could rejoin his former teammate Jimmy Butler and former head coach Tom Thibodeau, whom he excelled under with the Chicago Bulls. There is really no reason for Rose to be in Minnesota. Rose was married during an extended leave from the Cavaliers earlier this season.
"It was huge, for sure", Rose said when asked about how much his previous relationships influenced his decision to join the Wolves. 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. Plus they already have Jeff Teague, a more than capable starting point guard, and Tyus Jones, a more than capable backup. He was with NY last season and started this season with Cleveland, but appeared in only 16 games with the Cavaliers largely because of injuries. Whether Derrick can find his footing in their rotation, or have a pronounced effect on their season remains unclear, but rest assured, Rose will be using this opportunity as a showcase for next season. "I know the game". I just want to have the opportunity to show I can still play'. I think he's seen a lot of different things, he's a familiar with what we're doing, he's played with some of the guys we have.
Moses Malone, one of just four National Basketball Association players to win MVP on different teams, and Bob McAdoo each played for seven different teams. Rose's teams have had better results with him on the bench than in the game in each of the past three seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information.