Amid one of the craziest trade deadlines ever, the Cleveland Cavaliers pretty much overhauled their entire roster, looking to be younger and more competitive ahead of the future after a very sluggish stretch this season.
Just a couple of hours prior to the trade deadline, the Cavs sent away Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose in order to get Larry Nance Jr, Jordan Clarkson, George Hill and Rodney Hood.
One of the moves that was more surprising was the fact that they parted ways with Derrick Rose just a couple of months after LeBron James stated that he was keen to get him a new deal for the upcoming season.
Furthermore, the Utah Jazz is planning to immediately waive Derrick Rose, allowing him to sign with a contending team, and that’s where things get interesting, as reportedly the team likely to sign the former MVP is none other than the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Sources: Utah will release Derrick Rose, allowing him to pursue signing with a playoff team. https://t.co/a9RsM4kgTW
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2018
According to the NBA:
After the Jazz waive Rose, the Minnesota Timberwolves will reportedly try to sign him. Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau has familiarity with Rose, who he coached from 2010 to 2015 with the Chicago Bulls. Under Thibodeau, Rose won his NBA MVP award during the 2010-11 season.
So, Rose is most likely heading to Minny to play once again under Tom Thibodeau’s tutelage, as well as reuniting with his former teammates Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson to try and boost the Twolves second unit amid their playoff run.
Minnesota currently sits at the 4th spot in the Western Conference and is one of the most improved teams this season after missing the playoffs once again the prior campaign un Thibodeau’s first year.
However, there were some reports about bad blood between Butler and Rose back then when they were both playing for the Bulls, with Butler ready to carry the load and become the team’s go-to-guy after Rose’s prime faded.
Nevertheless, this one has to be one of the best stories in one of the most agitated deadline days we’ve seen in years, and hopefully this move pays off nicely for one of the biggest faded stars in the history of the Association.