NBA rumors: Bulls have had internal discussions on signing Derrick Rose

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As noted last month, some teams keeping an eye on the point guard market feel that Derrick Rose’s strong play for New York will factor in to their approach at the position. Since Rose showed that he’s more than capable of handling 20 minutes per game, those teams wonder if the Knicks will be less inclined to pursue a big-money guard that plays significant minutes. Those teams are speculating, of course. But it’s informed speculation, based on the idea that New York will re-sign Rose and play him at least 15-20 minutes per game.
Even Rose was apprehensive about a return despite taking a leading role since he came to New York in a February trade as a longtime Thibodeau favorite. He too will be a free agent, and he is uncertain how it will all play out. The front office, led by Leon Rose and William Wesley, might have its eyes set high after a quiet first offseason together. “That’s not up to me,” Derrick Rose said. “That’s up to the front office. They got big plans. Who knows if I may be back.”
Ian Begley: Some teams monitoring the point guard market in free agency believe Derrick Rose’s strong play will factor in to how NYK’s approaches the position this offseason; Nerlens Noel was impacted by ankle injury in Game 2 on Wednesday night:
Or even if he could see a return one day to the Bulls, who he led to the 2011 Eastern Conference finals. “I mean, like I always say, you probably have to ask (Chairman) Jerry (Reinsdorf) about that,” Rose said. “I have one more year on this deal. I’m here for two years. After next year, I’ll be a free agent. Who knows? That’s how I’m going to leave that.”
Yossi Gozlan: The Pistons will use a portion of the full mid-level to sign Derrick Rose. 5% raise structure would start him with $7.3M salary and leave them with $1.9M left on the MLE. Pistons now $10M below the tax before signing Sekou Doumbouya.
Vincent Ellis: Source confirms @Adrian Wojnarowski report that Derrick Rose will reach an agreement on two-year, $15 million deal. Rose and his reps are meeting with #Pistons owner Tom Gores and vice chairman Arn Tellem (former agent) currently in L.A.
Detroit will use part of the $9.3M midlevel exception to sign Derrick Rose. The Pistons still have $2M remaining of the exception and now have a projected $125M in salary with 12 players under contract. Detroit also has the $3.6M biannual exception.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Derrick Rose has agreed to a two-year, $15M deal to join the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell ESPN.
Detroit, though, may have to overpay a touch to land his services. That’s what happens when you’re not a desirable free-agent destination. I also don’t think Curry is the Pistons’ top backcourt free-agent target, but he could be the one they’re left with once the dust settles. Derrick Rose is on the Pistons’ target list, per sources, and his relationship with team vice chairman and front-office decision-maker Arn Tellem, who was Rose’s former agent, could entice him to take Detroit seriously. I believe the 30-year-old Rose, though, wants to be on a title contender.
The 30-year-old guard, who has spent the last two seasons with the Timberwolves, will be a free agent this summer. His agent, B.J. Armstrong, discussed the possibility of Rose returning to Chicago, where his career began, during an interview Monday with 670 The Score. “I think we’re going to look at everything, we want to look at the situation,” Armstrong said. “There isn’t a situation we would not look at because Derrick is still a very capable player. We’ll see what the Bulls have. “There’s no secret, there’s no doubt that in his heart, Chicago will always be there. We’ll see. I don’t know what the Bulls are going to do at this particular time. … If it presented itself, we’d be open to that conversation. We’ll find out in due time.”
Do you see the door being open for a possible return for Derrick Rose this summer? He'd seemingly be a great fit for what they need and be a chance for a great redemption story. KC Johnson: The short answer is maybe. Barring a trade, the Bulls have nine guaranteed contracts on their books for next season. They’ll add one or two draft picks. They hope to sign one or two veteran free agents. That leaves two roster spots max. Both Arcidiacono and Harrison have shown the ability to play either on or off the ball and both defend. So you could certainly do worse for 14th and 15th roster spots.
Dane Moore: Derrick Rose: “I want to be here.” Rose also said he is interested in re-signing here. Thibs gave Rose a shot but Rose is thankful to the Minnesota organization for listening to him.
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has signed guard Derrick Rose. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
John Meyer: “I’ve never had problems attracting free agents.” -Thibs on the radio with @DanBarreiroKFAN ...also said Wolves are “hopeful” D. Rose (free agent) is back. Same w/ Belly but $ might make it difficult. Also said he, KAT + Glen are all in a good place. Still sounds high on Wiggins.
Are Thibs &/ or The Wolves considering bringing back Derrick Rose and, if they are, what does that mean for Tyus Jones? Jon Krawczynski: No question that they are interested in bringing Rose back. Thibs certainly heard plenty of questions when he first brought Rose in. But in that role as a combo guard off the bench, Rose was good. He played solid defense, scored well and was a great teammate. [...] There is also no question Rose is interested in continuing to play for Thibs. These last few years have been chaotic for him and he wants to play for a coach he knows and trusts. What does that mean for Tyus Jones? His playing time dwindled late in the season and in the playoffs as Rose’s increased. He certainly would seem to be a candidate to be traded.
Among those players the Wolves already have, Rose is a player you’d expect Thibodeau will pursue hard to sign. Rose, because of multiple knee surgeries, isn’t the player he was when he won the 2011 league MVP award, but Thibodeau knows him, trusts him and Rose was one of the most consistent players in his role during a five-game series loss to Houston in the playoffs.
Wolves owner Glen Taylor was believed to initially be reluctant to add such a polarizing player to the roster, but ultimately signed off on it after Butler’s injury. Before joining the Wolves, Rose wanted, and received, assurances that Taylor was supportive of the move, sources told The Athletic.
Steve Aschburner: Clear why this is a good move for Rose. Not so clear why this is a good move for Minnesota, even w. Butler sidelined. Tyus Jones (helpful backup PG) averaging just 18.0 mpg. And then this: Couple scouts talked to this week think Rose is tapped out.
Jon Krawczynski: Thibs on Rose's ups and downs, including the trial: "I know who Derrick is. I know who he is. I spent a lot of time with him."
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed guard Derrick Rose. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Rose, a 6-3 guard, appeared in 16 games (seven starts) with Cleveland this season, averaging 9.8 points, 1.8 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game. He was traded to Utah in a three-team deal on Feb. 8 before being waived by the Jazz on Feb. 10.
Jon Krawczynski: Wolves officially announce the signing of Derrick Rose. He is participating in shootaround right now
Chris Mannix: The only thing surprising about Derrick Rose signing with Minnesota--as @Adrian Wojnarowski reports--is that it didn't happen sooner. Thibs likes familiar faces--Rose as familiar as they get.
KC Johnson: Derrick Rose is playoff eligible for TWolves. Rose and Butler relationship fine since summer of 2016 after that odd 2015-16 season.
With Thursday's deadline for free agents to be playoff eligible, the phone has yet to ring with anything approaching a significant offer, multiple league sources told Bleacher Report. And it's left Rose, 29, the runaway 2010-11 MVP and once a force of nature in the game—until a barrage of injuries turned him into a shell of his former self—in a state of limbo. "The injuries and lack of enthusiasm to play hurts him," a Western Conference executive told B/R.
To this point, Rose has received a couple of 10-day contract offers, but nothing more attractive or substantial, league sources told B/R. He's looking for an opportunity that could be a longer-term fit—and one with a team that's ready to win now, or soon, as opposed to rebuilding.
And it's left Rose, 29, the runaway 2010-11 MVP and once a force of nature in the game—until a barrage of injuries turned him into a shell of his former self—in a state of limbo. "The injuries and lack of enthusiasm to play hurts him," a Western Conference executive told B/R.
Jerry Zgoda: Jimmy Butler today on former teammate/free agent Derrick Rose: “He’s going to help whatever organization he’s playing for. I’m not a GM, obviously I can’t sign him, but I’ve played with him and he’s a helluva talent. Nobody will say Derrick Rose doesn’t belong in this league.”
On that same note, Taylor said the Wolves haven’t had any plans for point guard Derrick Rose joining the team now that the 2011 NBA MVP is a free agent. “If we could find the right person to fit into our team and have some ability to play, get out there on the floor, we are certainly going to look at it,” Taylor said. “We kept one slot open all year long just in case that possibility occurred. But as of today we don’t have anybody in mind.”
The Wizards are so short-handed in the backcourt right now that they’re almost forced to make a move of some sort; don’t think they’re worried at all about stunting Satoransky’s growth. But the latest whispers suggest that Rose is unlikely to go anywhere until after All-Star Weekend now that every team is moving into break mode. So it might be next week before there’s any clarity here. (The Wolves, meanwhile, will always maintain a level of interest in Rose as long as Tom Thibodeau is there, but it certainly raised eyebrows that Minnesota elected not to snag him off waivers when it had the chance.)
After a season in the China Basketball Association, guard Ty Lawson has emerged as a serious candidate for a deal with the Washington Wizards, league sources told ESPN. The Wizards are still considering several point guards, including Derrick Rose, Briante Webber and Ramon Sessions, league sources said.
Washington has expressed interest in signing Derrick Rose or Ramon Sessions, who played as John Wall’s backup from 2014-16, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Washington remains more than $3 million over the luxury tax line, so the team will likely not engage in a bidding war to land any player. Before this season, Rose signed with Cleveland for the veteran’s minimum of $2.1 million while Sessions agreed to a one-year, fully guaranteed $2.33 million deal with New York.
Bobby Marks: Washington could put a waiver claim for the $1.5M Derrick Rose contract. The claim would cost the Wizards $2.4M in tax penalties, the same amount they saved when Sheldon Mac was traded to Atlanta. A rest of the season contract would increase the tax by $800K.
Adrian Wojnarowski: One team expected to survey the possibility of signing Derrick Rose, league sources tell ESPN: The Washington Wizards. John Wall still has several more weeks of rehab following knee surgery.
ESPN Cleveland: Windhorst: I don't think even the #Cavs know what Derrick Rose's future is. I think they are giving him space but plan to re-evaluate his injury next week.
With Phil Jackson and the triangle out of the picture, Derrick Rose wanted to return to the Knicks. But the feelings weren't reciprocated. "From our side, we were just waiting to see what was going to happen. We didn't hear anything. So with us not hearing anything, we knew they were probably looking somewhere else. And they drafted a point guard. Both sides were on two different wave lengths.
"I would've loved to come back. I loved playing there even though we lost," he added. "The city itself, the fans, like everything about it. They made changes. Phil being gone, I would've loved being part of it."
Rose chose Cleveland over the Lakers. He was also in discussions with the Bulls and Bucks. All of those teams could've paid Rose more than the league minimum the Cavs offered, though it is unknown what other offers Rose actually received.
Irving's request to be traded was a topic of discussion between Rose and the Cavs, sources said, though they declined to say if Rose was promised a starting job.
Manny Vieites: The Warriors and Cavs now have all the MVP winners from '09-'16. LeBron ('09,'10,'12,'13), Curry ('15,'16), Durant ('14), Rose ('11).
Free-agent guard Derrick Rose has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources told The Vertical.
Rose met with the Cavaliers on Monday and committed to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal, league sources told The Vertical. Rose plans to have dinner with new Cavs general manager Koby Altman on Monday night and sign a contract on Tuesday, league sources said.
For years, Rose competed against James but both sides shared mutual respect and admiration, and a strong desire in a partnership that neither expected but have now welcomed, league sources told The Vertical.
Shams Charania: Derrick Rose has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and completed his physical exam today, league sources tell The Vertical.
Free agent guard Derrick Rose is meeting with Cleveland Cavaliers officials in Ohio on Monday, league sources told ESPN. Rose has been engaged in serious discussions on a one-year, $2.1 million minimum deal with the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers pitched free agent Derrick Rose on winning now and going to the Finals for the first time in his career, which is something they can offer more so than any of the former MVP's other suitors. A source close to Rose said the three-time All-Star point guard would make a definitive decision by early next week on where he would play next season.
"Derrick has said it all along, the kid just wants to win," said a source close to him. "He's got to look at the situation and see where is the best chance for that to happen. Going there (Cleveland) would give him a real opportunity to win. All the other things don't resonate with him like the chance to win."
Chris Haynes: Derrick Rose to have face-to-face meeting with Cavaliers in coming days, league sources tell ESPN. No decision expected until next week.
Brad Turner: Lakers meeting with Derrick Rose "went well" Lakers "did what they could." Rose has to decide "what he wants." Cavs want him too, source.
The Lakers plan to meet with veteran guard Derrick Rose on Thursday, according to league sources familiar with the situation. With career averages of 19.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting and 6.0 assists through eight NBA seasons, Rose would bolster the Lakers’ backcourt by providing both production and experience.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cavaliers have been aware of pending Rose meeting with Lakers, sources say. Lakers want to make a case over Cavs.
Brad Turner: Lakers indeed are meeting with Derrick Rose today in LA, per source. Lakers looking for backup point guard to play behind Lonzo Ball.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: "There’s no room for players who do not want to get vaccinated"

“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
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Kyrie Irving following and liking conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines

Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
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At least 50 NBA players yet to receive a single COVID-19 vaccine dose?

A spokeswoman for Irving declined to respond to a list of questions regarding his vaccination and playing status, and Irving did not immediately respond to a message from Rolling Stone. But as teams return to pre-season training camps next week, fifty to sixty NBA players have yet to receive a single vaccine dose, league sources tell RS. Most are considered merely reluctant skeptics. Some of the holdouts, however, amount to their own shadow roster of anti-vaxxers mounting a behind-the-scenes resistance to Covid protocols — and the truth.
Isaac considers un-vaxxed players to be vilified and bullied, and he thinks “it’s an injustice” to automatically make heroes out of vaccinated celebrities. He rejects the NBA’s proposal for a vaccine mandate and social distancing for players like him during team travel: “You can play on the same court. We can touch the same ball. We can bump chests. We can do all those things on the court. And then when it comes to being on the bus, we have to be in different parts of the bus? To me, it doesn’t seem logically consistent. “If you are vaccinated, in other places you still have to wear the mask regardless. It’s like, ‘OK, then what is the mask necessarily for?’” Isaac continues. “And if Kyrie says that from his position of his executive power in the NBPA, then kudos to him.”
Enes Kanter — the veteran center, devout Muslim and outspoken liberal — senses a creep of the religious right upon his workplace, which just happens to involve players like Isaac sweating all over him and yelling in his face: “If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go to together,” he tells RS. “I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys — I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?’”
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In their sit-down interview back in August, Durant and Green rehashed the incident and how it ultimately affected KD’s decision to leave the Warriors. Surprisingly, KD claimed it wasn’t the beef itself that pushed him away, but the way Steve Kerr, Bob Myers and the front office handled things. “It wasn’t the argument,” the former Warriors star said. “It was the way that everybody … Steve Kerr acted like it didn’t happen. Bob Myers tried to just discipline you and think that would put a mask over everything. I really felt that was such a big situation for us as a group, the first time we went through something like that. We had to get that s— all out.”