According to David Aldridge of Turner Sports, Minnesota is aggressively pursuing New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose.Ian Begley of ESPN New York reported that Tom Thibodeau’s Minnesota Timberwolves were involved in trade discussions with the New York Knicks about point guard Derrick Rose. The former MVP played under Thibodeau for seven seasons with the Chicago Bulls.
On Wednesday, David Aldrige of Turner Sports elaborated on that report saying that while Thibs was still interested in a Chicago reunion, he wasn’t willing to give up rookie point guard Kris Dunn.
Wolves’ pursuit of Derrick Rose still very strong—“Thibs wants to do this,” says league source w/knowledge—but MIN absolutely keeping Dunn.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 21, 2017
Dunn, 22, has been terrible in his debut season, but he was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. It would be foolish for the Timberwolves to give up on him already.
Thibs would prefer to move Ricky Rubio and get that contract off the books. The point guard is signed for the next two seasons at roughly $14 million annually.
Other than the Rose-Thibs connection the deal doesn’t make a lot of sense. Rose’s contract expires at the end of the season and he’ll be searching for a max contract. With the Timberwolves in their current state, it would be unwise to offer that kind of money to an injury-prone player like Rose.