In a span of just seven years, Derrick Rose came from being the NBA’s youngest MVP in league history to a free-agent who is only getting 10-contract offers.
“The injuries and lack of enthusiasm to play hurts him,” a Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report. “To this point, Rose has received a couple of 10-day contract offers, but nothing more attractive or substantial, a league source said.
It is difficult to imagine that the 22-year-old, who led the Chicago Bulls in a competitive series against LeBron James’ Miami Heat, began this season by signing the veteran minimum contract of just $2.1 million with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
As a member of the Cavs, Rose considered retirement after a recent ankle injury sidelined him for several games. The point guard, however, decided to once again don the wine and gold after spending some time away to recover.
Rose, 29, was seemingly playoff-bound with his new squad, but he now is left without a team after being dealt by Cavs GM Koby Altman to the Utah Jazz, in an effort to reshape their struggling roster. Rose was then waived by the Jazz two days after acquiring him.
An onslaught of injuries turned Rose from being a dominant force in the hard court to a guard that sparks little interests from NBA franchises. In 2012, Rose suffered an ACL injury during a first-round playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers – an injury that led to another, and another, which ultimately led Rose to limbo.
Many Bulls fans pin the blame on former Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau, notorious for overplaying his stars. Prior to Rose’s catastrophic injury, the Bulls were comfortably ahead, 99-87, with under two minutes remaining in the first round of the playoffs against the Sixers. Thibodeau, however, refused to bench Rose because according to him the Bulls are going to “make a statement.”
Ironically, the man who is seen the reason for Rose’s downfall is also his best chance at returning to the league. Thibodeau, now the head coach and president of the Timberwolves, is reportedly considering picking Rose up to reunite him with his former teammates Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson in Minnesota.
Until a team commits to Rose, however, he will have more time for soul searching and thinking about his future.