New York Knicks: Tom Thibodeau's pursuit of Derrick Rose 'very strong', not for Kris Dunn (Report)
Dec 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose (25) controls the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Kris Dunn (3) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

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