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If Derrick Rose is to reemerge in the NBA, he may have to practice some patience.
That’s the latest from the New York Times, which reported that those interested in the veteran point guard may not sign him until after this weekend’s All-Star break, “when teams resume practicing.”
Rose is a former NBA MVP while with the Chicago Bulls — but his play lately has turned him into a journeyman at the age of 29.
He was not re-signed after last season’s run with the New York Knicks, then agreed to a veteran’s minimum contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers late into free agency. The Cavs traded Rose (and forward Jae Crowder) to the Utah Jazz last week, and the Jazz immediately waived him.
Since that time, Rose is said to be drawing interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards.
“We’ll see,” Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters when asked about Rose on Tuesday. “We’re always looking at different ways to improve the club.”
Rose’s agent told The Athletic that Rose has been in contact with and is intrigued by Minnesota.
Rose averaged 9.8 points in 16 games with the Cavs, but went on a mysterious sabbatical at one point, where he reportedly considered retiring.
Several teams have been contacted by Rose’s agent over the past few days but have decided to take a pass, several league sources told Amico Hoops.