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REPORT: T-Wolves and Spurs Interested in Derrick Rose


Derrick Rose will become a free agent this summer and it’s been pretty much confirmed that he won’t be returning to the Knicks. Some of the names being mentioned as possible destinations are the T-Wolves and the Spurs.

Rose, the 2011 MVP, has a strong relationship with Timberwolves president and head coach Tom Thibodeau; he played for five seasons under Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls.

The Timberwolves and Knicks discussed a potential trade before the deadline for a package headlined by Rose and Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio, but no agreement was reached.

Rose and his agent, B.J. Armstrong, have both said that they’d be open to re-signing with the Knicks. In his season-ending news conference, team president Phil Jackson said he was impressed by Rose expressing a desire to return despite the difficult season.

Rose became an MVP playing under Tom Thibodeau in Chicago and a reunion in Minnesota could be good for both sides. Another possible landing spot for the former All-Star is San Antonio where he would provide another shot creator for the Spurs who are relying heavily on Kawhi Leonard on the offensive end. Via ESPN:

It is unclear at this point which other teams besides the Timberwolves view Rose as a potential free-agent target. Some rival executives believe that the San Antonio Spurs may have interest in Rose, depending on how the free-agent market for point guards develops.

Rose, who has a history of serious knee injuries, said in late March that he’d prioritize winning over money as a free agent.

“Not even thinking money. I’ve got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I’ll be all right,” Rose told reporters in Utah on Wednesday night. “I want to win. I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I’m at. But being at the negotiating table, you never know. I’m not going to negotiate with people where money is the No. 1 thing I’m asking for. I want to win.”

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