Storyline: Derrick Rose Free Agency

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.)
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