Jazz Waive Derrick Rose; Wolves Have Interest

FEBRUARY 12: Rose has officially cleared waivers, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

FEBRUARY 10: The Jazz have formally requested waivers on Rose, the team announced in a press release.

FEBRUARY 8: Once their three-team trade with the Cavaliers and Kings becomes official, the Jazz will waive newly-acquired point guard Derrick Rose, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Assuming the move is completed today, Rose would be on track to clear waivers on Saturday.

Rose, 29, has only been healthy enough to play in 16 games this season, and has seen his minutes significantly cut back. After averaging at least 30 minutes per contest in each of his previous NBA seasons, the former MVP played 19.3 MPG for the Cavs this season, recording a modest 9.8 PPG and 1.6 APG on .439/.250/.854 shooting.

With Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell, and Raul Neto all available to handle point guard duties in Utah, the Jazz didn’t have a pressing need in their lineup for Rose, who was included in today’s three-way deal for salary purposes. According to Charania, Rose will look to join a playoff-bound team once he reaches free agency, but it’s not clear how many teams will seriously consider the veteran, given his underwhelming play this season.

One team that figures to be in play is Minnesota, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times, who tweets that the Tom Thibodeau-led Timberwolves are expected to try to sign Rose if he goes unclaimed on waivers. There’s no guarantee that Rose will clear waivers though — he’s on a one-year, minimum salary contract, so any team could use the minimum salary exception to claim him.

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14 thoughts on “Jazz Waive Derrick Rose; Wolves Have Interest

  1. No surprised that Thibs wants Rose. He’d probably sign Deng in the offseason if/when he gets bought out too.

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  2. Z-A

    Does Rose have any interest though, in basketball that is. He looked pretty pedestrian during his last stint after injury/soul searching.

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    • He went from 20m to 2m. His interest is in the contract, which he’s not willing to work for because he acts like an entitled millennial. And when he does play, it’s based on him and not the team. He displayed that game after game last year with the Knicks.

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  3. ARKScout

    the Bucks apparently had interest in Rose before the season started. With Brogden and Dellavedova both injured, could they kick the tires on Rose again?

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  4. Djones246890

    They’re building the Minnesota Bulls, up there in Minneapolis.

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  5. camdenyards46

    I guess Utah really didn’t want to pay Hood, since they gave him up for Jae Crowder

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  6. Donald
    Donald

    It remains to be seen if Utah is getting the Boston Crowder or Cavaliers Crowder. I suspect the Utah coaching staff will get the most from Jae…and being away from the LBJ circus has to help too. No doubt Hood is a nice addition for team LBJ. jmo

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    • KCelts

      To be fair, Quin Snyder is a heck of a coach. Crowder is a guy who needs that guidance and coaching. He definitely had that with Brad Stevens.

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  7. Grant

    I wonder if the Warriors might have interest? Could be an interesting option behind Livingston…

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  8. Donald
    Donald

    Absolutely….and Quin Snyder has an excellent coaching staff who spent a great deal of time teaching and developing players…I expect Jae will do well with this change.

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  9. The Jazz are one of the few teams in the league that play team ball. Unselfish players will thrive in their system. Quin is a great coach.

    If they stay healthy, there going to finish the season strong.

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  10. pohsib_54

    Timberwolves will not benefit from signing Rose he would be the 3rd best option behind Teague and Jones and he would refuse to accept that reality.

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