Derrick Rose’s career has taken a major downfall after dozens of nagging injuries have kept him on the sidelines way more time than the minutes he’s been able to suit up, and people are actually doubting his desire to go back to playing basketball.
Amid a major overhaul, the Cleveland Cavaliers just went through, they decided to trade their backup point guard to the Utah Jazz, who immediately waived him as they had no use for another ball handler.
Rose was only able to make 16 appearances this season and there were even rumors that he was ready to call it a day and quit, posting season averages of 9.8 points and 1.6 assists on 43% from the floor and 25% from deep.
So now, after the 3 time All-Star clears waivers, he’d be able to sign with whatever team is willing to take a gamble on him, and we’re going to let you know about the top 5 destinations for him.
5. Golden State Warriors
Yeah, the Golden State Warriors can make anyone look good, and even though he’s not a good shooter from beyond the arc and has lost most of his quickness, he can be very effective in the backcourt alongside Shaun Livingston like Leandro Barbosa used to be for the Dubs.
Also, it would be a great revenge to sign with Golden State after the Cavs dumped him. Furthermore, it would be a nice message against a LeBron James that stated that he was going to take his career back from the ashes and find him a big deal.
4. San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs have found their point guard of the future in Dejounte Murray, while Tony Parker leads the way for the second unit. Still, considering Popovich isn’t eager to risk him in back to back sets, he’d be a very good third string playmaker for them.
Also, you may say what you want about Derrick Rose, but he definitely deserves to win a Championship before retiring. Besides, with Gregg managing his minutes, he may actually be able to avoid getting hurt.
3. Washington Wizards
John Wall is still looking at some time in the shelf following his injury, and they need another playmaker on board with Tomas Satoransky doing a very good job but being way more suited to play in the wings.
Rose can provide a lot of veteran leadership on a team that has fallen short in the playoffs every single year, and he also knows how to beat the Cavs as a spy in their locker room for half a season.
2. Houston Rockets
The Rockets’ long weak spot is their lack of depth at the point guard position, although James Harden hasn’t suffered a bit when he has had to take the playmaker duties with Chris Paul sidelined with lingering issues.
Houston is actually the favorite team to take home the silverware this season and they would provide Rose their best shot at the ring, and he wouldn’t have to log heavy minutes if Paul is healthy throughout the postseason.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves
And one of the most obvious choices would be to go back where it all started. The Timberwolves are making a hell of a run this year and Tom Thibodeau already knows how to get the best out of his former point guard.
Besides, he wouldn’t have to play a lot of minutes with Tyus Jones and Jamal Crawford leading the way off the bench, but he’d be a very nice boost for a team that’s finally going to end their playoff drought, as well as playing side by side with Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson once again.