NBA Rumor: Derrick Rose Free Agency
224 rumors in this storyline
Marc Berman: Knicks announce Derrick Rose signing. In a statement, president Leon Rose called Derrick “an extension of coach Thibodeau on court.” Bulls made an offer and Derrick had interest coming home but Knicks blew it away, per source.
More Rumors in this Storyline
Other cap notes: Derrick Rose’s deal with the Knicks is expected to be via the Early Bird exception, sources confirm. So the Knicks should have roughly $8 million in cap space left over following the deals agreed upon with Rose, Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks and Evan Fournier. All of the contracts agreed to on Monday were not fully guaranteed in the final season, SNY has learned (immediately after the Burks deal was agreed upon, SNY reported that it would be fully guaranteed. We regret the error).
Derrick Rose had interest from Knicks, Bulls, Heat, Pelicans and Wizards
Steve Popper: Hearing that the Derrick Rose deal may not hamstring the Knicks the way it’s been talked about – think he’s fitting into an early bird slot, so Knicks could have at least $9 million – which could escalate easily to $12 million.
KC Johnson: The Bulls indeed were engaged in talks to sign Derrick Rose, per sources. Rose agreed to a 3-year, $43M deal to return to the Knicks. The Bulls are in agreement with Alex Caruso on a 4-year, $37M deal.
Derrick Rose staying with Knicks
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent G Derrick Rose has agreed to a three-year, $43M deal to return to the New York Knicks, source tells ESPN.
Bulls targeting Derrick Rose?
Regardless of that outcome, there are strong indications from league sources that mutual interest exists between Derrick Rose and his storied hometown franchise, where he claimed league MVP honors in 2010-11. It’s unclear how Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau can stand in the way of the Bulls’ potential advances, and Chicago will need to shed contracts to bring on two ball-handlers at such expected salaries.
Bulls have had internal discussions on signing Derrick Rose
It’s why secondary targets such as Derrick Rose can’t be ruled out. In fact, internal conversations on the viability and fit of the former Bull and former most valuable player have occurred, just as they have with all candidates.
Mutual interest between Bulls, Lonzo Ball
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.
Derrick Rose: 'Who knows if I may be back'
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.”
Knicks' free agency approach impacted by Derrick Rose's play
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: pic.twitter.com/KNXC7P6t0t
Derrick Rose open to Chicago return
670 The Score: “I’m open to anything after that year’s up.” — Derrick Rose on if he’d consider returning to #Bulls after his contract expires with Pistons after the 2020-’21 season
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.
Derrick Rose on Pistons' radar?
Derrick Rose is a free-agent option who will be a subject of debate within the front office, according to a source with firsthand knowledge of franchise thinking.
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.
Jon Krawczynski: Wolves have locked in Derrick Rose for 1-year, $2.393 million, according to sources.
Shams Charania: Sources: Derrick Rose has agreed to a one-year, $2.1M deal to re-sign with Minnesota.
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.
Teague, according to a source, went to Thibodeau during last season and suggested that Jones play more. The Wolves are considering bringing Rose back for next season, and that’s fueled speculation that Jones would be traded this offseason — a package of Jones and Minnesota’s No. 20 pick could bring back some much-needed perimeter shooting.
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.
Jerry Zgoda: Rose on Thibs, Taj, Butler, former Bulls coaching staff all here: “I’ve been in battle with them for years. It’s comfortable. I’m very comfortable here and usually when I’m comfortable I play well.”
Jerry Zgoda: Rose after shoot on if Thibs is best coach to get best out of him now: “Who knows? So far he has been the best coach, but I still think I got a lot left. Who knows if he can spark something up…I don’t have to prove anything. I’m going to let my hard work do that.”
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
A. Sherrod Blakely: The Timberwolves Tom Thibodeau said Derrick Rose may play tonight vs the #Celtics.
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.
Bobby Portis: Timberbulls
KC Johnson: Derrick Rose is playoff eligible for TWolves. Rose and Butler relationship fine since summer of 2016 after that odd 2015-16 season.
Timberwolves sign Derrick Rose
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.
Marc Stein: OKC had exploratory discussions with Derrick Rose, Tony Allen and others, league sources say, but Brewer was OKC’s inevitable top target in the wake of the Andre Roberson injury. And as we touched on yesterday, with Billy Donovan as lead recruiter, OKC wasn’t going to lose out.
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.
Barring something unforeseen, multiple team executives contacted by B/R are convinced that Rose may have to wait till next year.
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.)
Marc Stein: With the All-Star break fast approaching, league sources say it’s increasingly possible Derrick Rose’s future won’t be resolved until after the break when teams resume practicing.
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Derrick Rose has cleared waivers, league source tells ESPN
David Aldridge: Wizards likely going the 10-day route on a point guard for their last pre-All-Star game against Knicks Wednesday, per source. Top candidates include @SessionsRamon, Donald Sloan, @Briante Weber. Will look further into @Derrick Rose and others during break if still avaialble.
Wizards interested in Derrick Rose, Ramon Sessions
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.
The Wizards’ front office has had recent conversations with Rose’s representation and has remained in contact with Sessions’s camp since he was waived by the New York Knicks in mid-January.
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.
Marc Stein: The Wolves continue to have great interest in adding Derrick Rose and will explore the possibility of claiming the former MVP off waivers now that Utah has released him, league sources say
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.”
Cavaliers sign Derrick Rose
Marla Ridenour: More of Rose’s statement: “Being able to play with the #Cavaliers and compete for a championship is the only thing that matters for me.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Derrick Rose has communicated with LeBron James through the process that led him to the Cavaliers, league sources tell ESPN.
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.
Micah Adams: Derrick Rose was NBA’s 5th-highest paid PG last season. He will be NBA’s 55th-highest paid PG in 2017-18, between Cam Payne & Tim Frazier.
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.
Chris Haynes: Free agent Derrick Rose has reached an agreement on a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell ESPN.
David Aldridge: Sources confirm that Derrick Rose will sign with the Cavaliers (@Shams Charania first). One year for veteran minimum.
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.
Storyline Hype Rumor visits per day for the last week
Views per day
March 22, 2023 | 9:21 pm EDT Update
Walt “Clyde” Frazier said he’d been “meandering” all day on Wednesday, one day after the loss of his longtime friend, captain and championship teammate, Willis Reed. “It took me so long to get dressed today,” the famously fashionable Frazier said softly before working Wednesday’s game between the Knicks and the Heat as the longtime analyst for MSG Networks. “It’s been devastating. After seeing him on the video for the 50th anniversary, I didn’t know he was that far gone. Everybody was really surprised.”
Law Murray: Clippers injury report for Thursday night: – Paul George (right knee) out – Norman Powell (left shoulder) out – Brandon Boston Jr. (tailbone) out – Jason Preston (G-League) out – Moussa Diabaté (2-way) out – Xavier Moon (2-way) out
Damichael Cole: A loud standing ovation for Ja Morant in his return to the floor. pic.twitter.com/0LrY2x5Afb
March 22, 2023 | 8:24 pm EDT Update
Mike Brown on Domantas Sabonis: He's as close to Draymond Green as a big man
Sabonis leads the NBA in rebounding and is dishing a career-high 7 assists per game. Every teammate — even Fox — knows to run the wings when Sabonis grabs a defensive board. “He is as close to Draymond Green as any big man I’ve seen in terms of someone who can get it off the glass, bring it up, and make the right play,” says Brown, who coached Green as an assistant in Golden State for six seasons.
During Sabonis’ rookie year in Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook invited Sabonis to early-morning workouts to go through the nuances of pick-and-roll, says Billy Donovan, who coached that Thunder team. They drilled how to read a defender’s feet, when Sabonis could slip screens, how Sabonis could make himself available for pocket passes. (One of Sabonis’ rookie duties was supplying Westbrook with Snapple for team flights, Sabonis and others on that team recall.) Sabonis was astonished that Fox ceded so much ball handling to him right away, including letting Sabonis rush the ball up after rebounds. “I was really surprised,” Sabonis says. “He has been with the Kings forever. This is his team. He really let me do my thing. Not many franchise point guards would let their big man bring the ball up. He ran with me. He set screens for me. That’s what shocked me most. That’s what made the transition so easy. Neither of us care who is who. We just want to win.”
Sabonis suffered an avulsion fracture in his right thumb and ligament damage in his hand. Fixing it required surgery that would cost between six and eight weeks. The Kings were 17-14, sixth in the West, only a couple games ahead of No. 11. Sabonis wanted to keep playing. “In my mind, sitting out was not an option,” he says. “Six to eight weeks — we can’t risk that.” He asked the team’s medical staff to wait to see if the swelling would subside. It did — enough. He joked that he didn’t use his right hand anyway. After consulting with doctors, trainers, and Sabonis’ agents, the decision was made: He’d play on. The training staff nicknamed him “Wolverine” for his apparent imperviousness to pain.
“He didn’t always understand — this should come from you,” Brown says. “To tape that thumb up and say ‘I’m playing,’ it sets the tone for the whole team. If he and De’Aaron are doing things like that, everyone else falls into line.”