After a resurgent season with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2018-19, Derrick Rose was in for a rewarding offseason. As an unrestricted free agent, it wasn’t known whether Rose would stay in Minnesota but we now have our answer.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Rose will sign a 2-year deal with the Detroit Pistons worth $15 million.
Free agent guard Derrick Rose has agreed to a two-year, $15M deal to join the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
The Pistons will now be the fifth club Derrick Rose has played for since entering the NBA. Rose was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2008 and following an unfortunate string of injuries, has bounced around to the Knicks, Timberwolves and Cavaliers since then.
Though Rose was never able to come close to regaining his electric form from his early days with Chicago, this past season with Minnesota showed he could still be a valuable piece in a team’s backcourt. Though the Detroit Pistons are far from true contenders in the Eastern Conference, they do have a solid big man tandem in place and would benefit from Rose’s production and playmaking.
Rose averaged an impressive 18 points per game with Minnesota last season while shooting over 48% from the field and pitching in 4.3 assists. Rose will likely be Reggie Jackson’s backup in Detroit but still figures to play a significant role with their second unit.