(FOX 9) - Perhaps the best part of the Timberwolves’ season has been the rejuvenation of point guard Derrick Rose.
He’s having a terrific season here in Minnesota, but in Chicago, there’s chatter of possibly bringing him back to his hometown.
Rose could leave the Wolves at years’ end as he is a free agent at the end of the season and one article in the Chicago Tribune suggests it’s time to bring him home to Chicago.
In 2016, the Bulls traded Rose to the New York Knicks, but Rose has always remained a beloved fan favorite, mostly in part due to his Windy City roots.
This season, Rose has turned back the clock, averaging almost 19 points per game coming off the bench for Minnesota while making a paltry $2 million on his one-year contract.
Rose even said recently that he is a better player now than in his MVP season back in 2011.
He’s certainly setting himself up for a bigger pay day, so the Wolves have to decide if it is in their best interest to sign him long-term at a bigger salary.
Heading into next season, the Wolves could already be on the hook for almost $110 million in player salary, so money might be tight, but Taj Gibson’s contract is also up as is Tyus Jones’. Plus, Jeff Teague has a $19 million player option, too.
Rose is scheduled to be 31 years old by the time next season rolls around and his injury history is widely known. Given how he’s played and how fans have taken to him, however, puts the Wolves’ front office in an interesting spot.
If the Wolves want to make it work, they can always find a way. However, the love affair between Rose and the city of Chicago is no secret.