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Derrick Rose on expected role, playing time with Timberwolves

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Shannon Reynolds | 11 March, 2018, 05:21

Derrick Rose, after a short stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers, has moved on to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was with NY last season and started this season with Cleveland, but appeared in only 16 games with the Cavaliers largely because of injuries.

The Cavaliers traded the three-time All-Star to Utah last month as part of the massive restructuring of their team, and the Jazz waived him shortly afterward.

He's seen the point guard at his best, and seems confident enough that Rose can help this Timberwolves team down the stretch that he determined the match was worth a try.

In a tweet by Timberwolves writer Tim Faklis, Rose said that Thibodeau will maximize his potential as he looks to help the Timberwolves return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2003-2004 National Basketball Association season. "Man, it's totally opposite of that", Rose said. Even though he feels he has nothing left to prove, he feels that he has something left to give and feels like he'll be in a more comfortable position on a team that has reunited him with former Chicago teammates, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. Not that he needs my validation, but I hope he has a little something left in the tank. Rose would miss the entire 2012-13 season recovering and then a torn meniscus early the next year caused him to miss three-fourths of the 2013-14 season.

Asked if he expects to play Sunday in an ABC matinee, "I don't know, you got to ask Thibs".

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The 29-year-old's stint with the Cavs, however, was not very memorable. They're in sixth place in a tight Western Conference race where four games separate the eight teams from third to 10th. "I know the game".

He said he isn't anxious about role, and said he can fit in alongside fellow Wolves point guards Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones.

"This is how I feel about it, the whole perspective on it: You could have your perspective on me, as far as I'm a bum, I can't play, I can't shoot, this and that, all right, cool", he said, according to ESPN.com's Nick Friedell. I'm not a selfish player.

During his time with the Cavaliers, he averaged 9.8 points per game, about half of his career per-game average of 19.2 points and 5.8 assists.

All that said, it makes sense that Rose would feel the need to defend himself. "He's a dynamic player".

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