Get ready to see a lot more Derrick Rose over the next two years, Bulls fans:
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
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Detroit Pistons and Derrick Rose have agreed to a two-year deal worth $15 million. The Pistons will be Rose’s fourth team in five years, but his two-year contract with the Pistons gives him his first sense of stability since the end of his run with the Bulls.
Rose had a bit of a resurgence with the Timberwolves last year as he averaged 18.0 points, 4.3 assists, and 2.7 rebounds in 51 games. Rose shot a career-best 37 percent from the 3-point line and connected on 50.9 percent of his two-point field goals — marking the first time Rose had done that since the 2009-10 season when he was 21. Ahhhh, memories!
There was hope that Rose would be up for a homecoming in Chicago. The former MVP is still fond of Chicago and was soundly cheered during his visit last winter as a member of the T’Wolves. But #TheReturn to Chicago simply wasn’t in the cards for Rose this season.
Even though Rose isn’t coming back, his signing with the Pistons could have Bulls-related ramifications, as it likely puts Detroit backup guard Ish Smith on the outside looking in out in Motown. Smith could be a player on the Bulls’ radar to serve as a back-up for rookie Coby White.