A minutes restriction has helped Derrick Rose stay healthy in his first season with the Pistons, but he believes he would be OK without it, writes Rod Beard of The Detroit News. Rose, who has been on the court for 28 of Detroit’s first 34 games, is limited to about 27 minutes per night. It’s a decision made in conjunction with the medical staff to help preserve the 31-year-old guard, who has a long injury history.
“I feel good, but it’s not up to me with the minutes; it’s up to the coaching staff and the (training) staff to come up with it,” Rose said. “Of course, I want to be out there, but I guess they see something I don’t, and they’re worried about it — just being cautious with me.”
Coach Dwane Casey has been spreading the time out equally, playing Rose for about 6 or 7 minutes each quarter. He has excelled under the limitation, averaging 16.8 points and 5.9 assists per night and shooting nearly 33% on 3-pointers.
“I promise you, I would love to play him more and Derrick would love to play, but he can’t, I mean physically,” Casey said. “We don’t want to put him in that situation, his body in that situation. So according to the game, we have to be creative.”
There’s more from the Central Division:
- A challenging January schedule could determine if the Bulls are sellers at the trade deadline, observes Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times. Despite a 13-21 record, Chicago is only 1.5 games out of a playoff spot, but nine games during the month will be against teams with winning records. The Bulls are only 1-12 so far against teams .500 or better. Cowley notes that Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine, who will both be restricted free agents this summer, could be moved if the team falls out of contention, along with Thaddeus Young, who has expressed unhappiness about his playing time.
- The Bulls need to find more minutes for Lauri Markkanen, argues K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. With coach Jim Boylen using a 10- and sometimes 11-player rotation, Markkanen is averaging about two minutes per game less than last season.
- Pacers center Myles Turner has a new agent, tweets Grant Afseth of Original Turner’s. A league source tells Afseth that Turner signed with Bill Duffy of BDA Sports Management.
12 thoughts on “Central Notes: Rose, Bulls, Markkanen, Turner”
Pistons need to sell high on Rose while they can. He is playing awesome and it’s only a matter of time before he gets hurt. The pistons aren’t going anywhere this year and should get the biggest return on rose as possibly
A matter of time before he gets hurt? From my understanding about life that comment is reserved for everyone including you
Some people’s bodies break down easier then others and that’s just a fact. It’s not the persons fault that their body breaks down but Derick Rose is defiantly one of those people who will always end up getting injured and missing games.
I think the way they are managing DRose minutes should limit injury concerns. He is one of the most consistent players on the entire team and cheap, trading him would be stupid.
Exactly the pistons aren’t going anywhere this year and Rose is playing consistently well and is cheap so it’s actually really smart to trade him because the pistons could get a good return for him because the pistons aren’t going anywhere anyway. Plus Rose would much rather play for a contender
Him and Kyrie… its not if, but when.
I have always been a fan of DRose… Even though I’m a die hard Celtics fan, he’s someone I always pull for… Its nice to see he’s back and healthy.
What is turner up to? He already got a contract….he is over paid.
He probably wants to get traded.
Now theres an observation. However id say he better start padding his stats if that is the case. Pacers would likely want something decent in return while other teams likely dont want to forfeit much in terms of assets given his current production and contract. Playing very al horford like on offense and his shot blocking would more than make up for that if not for his sub par rebounding
Since Drummond isnt resinging. I think the Pistons should do a fire sell. When the 2021 free agent class is pretty bad, the pistons should trade for players that still have a year ledt on contract that teams dont want, get that player and ask for a first in return or Maybe get some young/future role players/assests. I like Drummond and rose to dallas for brunson, powell, picks and whatever else. (Dallas helped them on drsft night as well. And carlise and Dwaynecasey are goid friends)
I love the idea but i can just as easily see them hold onto said expiring deals theyde receive in order to be “major players” in FA. Weak class or not, there s money to be spent and ben gordons to be had.
But yes in the ideal world theyd go your route. Blow it up, move guys like Jackson and Drummond for whatever positive value they can extract. Grab some developmental guys theyve had their eye on and/or take back some dead money set to expire a year from now. The guys theyd want a decent haul for (jackson, but mainly griffin and drummond) simply wont fetch enough assets to “stock the cupboard” as they would like. But with savy and advantageous peripheral moves (like you said moving expiring money when teams will be desperate for cap room) could offset any (and likely) weak returns from their major players. But instead Drummond will walk and the pistons will have 1 blake griffin and money to spend. And spend it they will.