Since being drafted No. 1 overall by the Chicago Bulls in 2008, Derrick Rose has been an interesting player to watch. From his explosive style of play and winning the Most Valuable Player in 2011, Derrick Rose was thought of as a revolutionary player. Unfortunately, injuries have plagued his career since the start. The way he plays is a big part of this as he used quick moves to get to the hoop. After many injuries that kept him off the court, the Bulls traded him to the New York Knicks. His playing style has changed a bit since then as he plays safer basketball instead of giving full effort on each play. He could no longer play like the MVP he once was, but instead needed to play a slower game to prolong his career. After a season with the Knicks, Rose signed a contract to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. While he was in Cleveland he suffered another injury and even took a small break from basketball during the season to evaluate his future. He was deciding if playing and risking more injuries was worth it. He eventually returned to the team after missing a few games. Eventually he was traded to the Utah Jazz who released him a few days later. The Minnesota Timberwolves then signed him to a one-year contract. Rose had been reunited with people from his former Bulls team as he joined Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, and head coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota.
The Timberwolves made a run in the playoffs but lost in the first round to the Houston Rockets. During his tenure with the Timberwolves and especially in the playoffs, Derrick Rose played with a similar energy as he did when he was starting his career. His spark had been reignited and he felt comfortable in Minnesota. Rose averaged 5.8 points per game, 1.2 assists per game, and 12.4 minutes per game. He played nine regular season games with the Timberwolves. When playoffs started Rose did all he could with the minutes he was given. His postseason performance averaged 14.2 points per game, 2.6 assists per game, and 23.8 minutes per game. Minnesota had many issues during postseason with their play mainly in the low production from their star players and the lack of offensive presence. Derrick Rose was one of the few factors that consistently worked for this team.
Rose works well in the system of this team given that he has been with Tom Thibodeau for six seasons. He is a good sixth man to run the bench. He has playoff experience and is a valuable asset when he is healthy. Since he isn’t the player carrying the team anymore, he is less likely to make an explosive move that could cause injuries.
It appears the Timberwolves and Rose both want to sign a contract for the next season. I believe this is the right move for both sides and Derrick Rose will be a crucial part of the team if they hope to make a run for the championship anytime soon.