Derrick Rose signs with Minnesota Timberwolves

Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler said he hasn’t talked to coach  president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau about whether free agent Derrick Rose

Because Rose was waived before the March 1 deadline, he is eligible to play for a new team and help with the Wolves' subsequent play-off push. "That's what our expectations are".

The move sparked a swarm of negative reactions on social media. Since Rose was released before March 1, he is eligible for Minnesota's playoff roster, should they make it. In Cleveland this season, he stepped away from the Cavaliers for almost two weeks while dealing with a personal issue. "I spent a lot of time with him". Rose's teams have had better results with him on the bench than in the game in each of the past three seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Rose joined a Timberwolves team targeting its first postseason trip since 2004. Players like Gibson, Butler, Rose, Deng and Noah are Thibodeau's security blankets and right now he needs to feel a sense of security.

Just announced today, #Derrick Rose signed with the #Minnesota Timberwolves.

Now that he's here, Rose feels as though he's ready to contribute. He insisted the 29-year-old guard still, when healthy, can play at an elite level.

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Teague spoke eagerly about the possibility of playing next to Jones or Rose at times, considering the trend around the league of small lineups and multiple point guards on the floor. I think he's seen a lot of different things, he's familiar with what we're doing, he's played with some of the guys we have. I still love the game. I just want to have the opportunity to show I can still play'.

"We just thought he could help the team", Thibodeau said.

Rose won the MVP award during the 2010-11 season, and he was coached that year by current Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau.

"I'm still here. That shows everybody about my character and all that", he said.

Rose averaged 9.8 points and shot 43.9% from the field in 16 games with a season-high 20 points for Cleveland. But in a free-agent market void of good options, Rose is a cheap rental who is at least capable of providing a burst.

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