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Timberwolves add Derrick Rose

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Free agent point guard Derrick Rose has signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. His deal with the Wolves will be for the rest of the season.

Rose has been looking for a team after being bought out by the Utah Jazz. He was traded to the Jazz in a three-team deal at the trade deadline, then was immediately bought out.

Derrick Rose is seen here as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers (Getty Images)

Derrick Rose is seen here as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers (Getty Images)

He joins the sixth-best team in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves have a 38-28 record. Outside of the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors, the No. 3 through No. 10 teams are only four games apart.

The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the off-season. While in Cleveland, he appeared in 16 games, including seven starts.

He averaged 9.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks per game.

Besides playing for the Cavaliers, he also played for the Chicago Bulls, who drafted him, and the New York Knicks. Since leaving the Bulls, his hometown team, he has gone AWOL twice.

If the Timberwolves make the playoffs, it’ll be the sixth time in his career that he’s made the playoffs. He made the playoffs five times, as a member of the Bulls. His last playoff appearance was during the 2014-15 season.

Rose, who has often been injured, has never played a full season in his career. Twice he played 81 of 82 games, two of his first three seasons with the Bulls. In the past six years, the most he’s played in was 66 games.

He’ll back up Jeff Teague, the starter, Tyus Jones, and Aaron Brooks, according to ESPN’s Timberwolves depth chart.

Rose also reunites with Tom Thibodeau with the Wolves. Thibodeau was previously his Bulls head coach.

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