Report: Rose clears waivers, hits free agent market


Derrick Rose became a free agent Monday after clearing waivers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

The Utah Jazz put the veteran guard on waivers Saturday after acquiring him and Jae Crowder from Cleveland as part of a three-team deal also involving Sacramento. The Cavaliers got Rodney Hood from the Jazz and George Hill from the Kings. Sacramento received Joe Johnson from Utah and also got Iman Shumpert from Cleveland.

Not counting Utah, Rose has played for three teams in the past 2 1/2 seasons, a stunning fall for a former No. 1 overall draft pick who was the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2011.

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According to Wojnarowski, Rose could be targeted by the Wizards, but Washington is considering other backcourt options with John Wall sidelined following left knee surgery. Ty Lawson, who has played for four NBA teams is currently playing in China, might be under consideration by the Wizards, Wojnarowski reported.

Rose, 29, appeared in just 16 games for Cleveland this season, making seven starts. Slowed by an ankle injury, he averaged 9.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

A Chicago native, Rose was selected by his hometown team to top the 2008 draft, and he was an All-Star for the Bulls in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He helped Chicago reach the 2011 Eastern Conference finals, where LeBron James' Miami Heat won in five games.

Traded to the Knicks in June 2016, he spent one season in New York, then signed a minimum contract with the Cavaliers in July 2017.

In 486 career games, Rose is averaging 19.2 points, 5.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds.

--Field Level Media

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