Veteran point guard Derrick Rose is signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the rest of the season, according to a report from ESPN.
Rose was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Utah Jazz last month, then immediately waived. He had been spotted working out at Cleveland State University as he searched for a team.
With Minnesota, he rejoins former coach Tom Thibodeau, the two of the together during the Chicago Bulls’ better days. Just three years ago, Rose, Thibodeau, Jimmy Butler (also now with the Wolves) and the Bulls were challenging LeBron James and the Cavs for East supremacy.
Rose, 29, was named NBA MVP in 2011, but a series of leg/foot injuries have greatly impacted his game. He went mysteriously AWOL during a stretch in each of the past two seasons with the Cavs and New York Knicks. Earlier this year, he reportedly considered retirement.
He averaged 9.8 points in 16 appearances with the Cavs this season.
The Timberwolves (38-28) sit in sixth place in the Western Conference playoff race entering Thursday’s game vs. the Boston Celtics.