Pistons Emerge As Favorites To Sign Derrick Rose

5:03pm: Rose will meet with the Pistons on Sunday and the two sides are motivated to find common ground on a two-year deal, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link).

2:30pm: The Pistons are emerging as the frontrunners to sign point guard Derrick Rose in free agency, a league source tells Frank Isola of The Athletic (Twitter link). Rose is on track to reach the open market after his one-year deal with the Timberwolves expires tomorrow.

Rose, 30, enjoyed a productive bounce-back season in Minnesota in 2018/19. While he was limited to 51 games due to injury issues, he averaged 18.0 PPG, 4.3 APG, and 2.7 RPG with an impressive .482/.370/.856 shooting line. It was the first time the former MVP had ever shot higher than 34.0% from beyond the arc in a season.

As for the Pistons, they’re in the market for a point guard to join Reggie Jackson at the position, with Ish Smith and Jose Calderon headed for unrestricted free agency.

Detroit has the mid-level exception at its disposal, though it’s not clear whether the team’s offer to Rose would use part or all of that exception. The veteran has played for the minimum for the last two seasons.

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