Report: Wolves ‘extremely appealing’ to Rose

Former Cavalier guard Derrick Rose is excited to be with the Timberwolves and former coach Tom Thibodeau, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson.

Free agent point guard Derrick Rose is drawing interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards after being waived by the Utah Jazz, according to multiple reports.

Rose, the youngest MVP in NBA history, was traded to the Jazz by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline and his former coach, Tom Thibodeau, is wasting no time in trying to reunite with the Chicago native.

According to a report from The Athletic, the Wolves have been in contact with Rose’s representation in recent days and Rose is intrigued with Minnesota.

Per Jon Krawczynski:

“Rose is interested in joining a playoff team, and the chance to stay close to his Chicago home and play for a coach he is familiar with is extremely appealing to him, league sources told The Athletic.”

In 16 games with the Cavs, Rose averaged 9.8 points while shooting 43.9 percent from the field.

Rose won MVP with the Chicago Bulls in 2011 while being coached by Thibodeau and the two have a very strong bond.

Current Wolves star Jimmy Butler and forward Taj Gibson were also teammates of Rose in Chicago. Gibson recently said that Rose can fit into any system and help a team in the postseason because of his experience playing in big games.

“It’s Derrick Rose,” Gibson said. “He can fit into any team. I think he’s able to help any team. It would be just like old times. I’m sure Tom would find a way to fit him into the system.”

Rose, 29, has career averages of 19.2 points and 5.8 assists.