Wolves, Rose have mutual interest in free agency

After a strong playoff showing, the Minnesota Timberwolves have interest in bringing back guard Derrick Rose next season, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

Rose began this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, then was traded to the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline.

The former MVP was released by Utah but signed with the Timberwolves for the remainder of the season.

Rose was minimally used in the nine regular-season games he played with Minnesota, but that changed during the playoffs. The explosive guard averaged 14.2 points while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 70 percent from three in his five postseason games, playing roughly 24 minutes a contest.

“No question that they are interested in bringing Rose back,” Krawczynski wrote in his weekly mailbag. “(Coach Tom Thibodeau) 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 no question Rose is interested in continuing to play for Thibs.”

The Wolves lost to the Houston Rockets in the first-round. Rose’s play was one bright spot for the club and he figures to re-sign with Minnesota once he hits free-agency July 1.