Utah Jazz: Grading the big Rodney Hood-Jae Crowder trade

Utah Jazz: Grading the big Rodney Hood-Jae Crowder trade
Marc Stein on Twitter: \”The Timberwolves will try to sign Derrick Rose if he clears waivers after his looming release by …
nDerrick Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, cleared league waivers Monday and became a free agent, league sources told ESPN.

There’s some interest in Rose, but no team has yet to make him a firm offer to sign him for the rest of the season, league sources told ESPN.

Rose played in just 16 games for the Cavaliers, averaging 9.8 points per game on 43.9 percent shooting, 25 percent from three. Rose is not explosive like he was back in his MVP days — multiple knee surgeries will do that to you — but the craft of his game never evolved, leaving him as a limited volume scorer at this point in his career.

Washington has considered the possibility of signing Rose in the wake of John Wall’s extended absence after knee surgery, but the team is looking at other candidates, too, league sources said. One of those could be former NBA guard Ty Lawson, who has been playing in China, sources told ESPN.

Rose was waived on Saturday, in the wake of his trade to the Utah Jazz as a part of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ three-team deal, which also involved Sacramento.

Rose was traded to Utah, but that was always going to be a quick buyout. The Jazz are set at the point — Ricky Rubio starts, but Donovan Mitchell does a lot of the ball handling — and Rose does not fit with their style.

Rose, 29, signed a one-year, minimum contract with Cleveland in the summer. He had a choppy tenure this season, including an ankle injury that prompted him to leave the team for several days and contemplate his future in the league.

One team expected to survey the possibility of signing Derrick Rose, league sources tell ESPN: The Washington Wizards. John Wall still has several more weeks of rehab following knee surgery.

Marc Stein on Twitter: \”The Timberwolves will try to sign Derrick Rose if he clears waivers after his looming release by …

The No. 1 overall pick in 2008 was a three-time All-Star and an MVP with the Chicago Bulls, but a series of knee injuries derailed his career. He was traded to New York for the 2016-17 season.

SI-share-whatsapp Created with Sketch. By Dan Gartland February 12, 2018 Former Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose has cleared waivers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports

Not sure how much Rose helps them as a stop-gap measure, but it’s something to watch.

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Rose was waived by the Jazz after being acquired in a three-team trade at the deadline that landed George Hill and Rodney Hood in Cleveland. Utah also acquired Jae Crowder and traded Joe Johnson to the Kings. (Johnson was subsequently waived and appears headed to the Rockets.)

Though no team wanted Rose enough to claim him on waivers, Wojnarowski reports that he does have suitors. He has yet to receive “a firm offer to sign him for the rest of the season,” Wojnarowski adds. The Wizards, another potential landing spot, are currently considering signing Ty Lawson after a year in China, according to Wojnarowski. 

Similar to his prior situation with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Rose wouldn’t be leaned upon to do too much. Jeff Teague is the starter there and that’s not going to change even with the addition of Rose. At the moment, Tyus Jones is the backup, averaging a little over 18 minutes per contest. Rose would obviously eat into those minutes and likely become Teague’s primary backup.

As expected, Jazz waive Derrick Rose

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported Thursday that the Timberwolves would make Rose an offer if he passed through waivers. Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau has already added his former Bulls players Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. 

In 16 appearances and seven starts, Rose averaged 9.8 points and 1.6 assists per game on 43.9 percent from the field. It’s clear Rose can still contribute in a minor role, especially in a scoring capacity. What’s not clear is if he really desires to play basketball or not when considering his two-month sabbatical from the Cavaliers during this season.

Rose, 29, struggled with Cleveland this season, playing just 19.3 minutes per game in 16 appearances. He injured his ankle in late October and then left the team to contemplate retirement. He returned to the court on Jan. 18. 

“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.”

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According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, the Minnesota Timberwolves are extremely appealing to the former MVP:

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