The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached out to the New York Knicks about possibly acquiring guard Derrick Rose, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.
Before he joined the Knicks last summer, Rose played several seasons with the Chicago Bulls under Tom Thibodeau, the current Timberwolves coach.
Several teams have reached out to the Knicks about Rose, according to Begley. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.
Rose, 28, has averaged 17.7 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 48 games in his first season with the Knicks. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.
While Carmelo Anthony will surely garner the most attention heading into Thursday's deadline, Rose is probably a much more tradable asset.
Rose has had his ups and downs, and certainly hasn't been free from the injury bug this season. When healthy enough to hit the hardwood, he still boasts plenty of talent and explosiveness around the rim. He's very capable of helping a contender.
As far as the Timberwolves are concerned, he could provide a boost and be an X-factor. Currently 3 1/2 games out of the West's final playoff spot, Minnesota will be without Zach LaVine for the rest of the season. Such a deal would cement them as a buyer and the Knicks as a seller.
Rose's expiring contract makes him a low-risk acquisition for most teams. If the Knicks plan on letting him walk at the end of the season, it's better to get something of value back.