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Report: Timberwolves Eyeing Rose In Free Agency; Knicks Might Pursue Rubio Again

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Derrick Rose could soon be reunited with his former coach.

According to ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves view the point guard as a potential free agent target this summer. Rose played for current Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau from 2010-15, when both were with the Chicago Bulls.

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Some rival executives also believe the San Antonio Spurs may have interest in the former MVP, ESPN reported.

The Knicks acquired Rose in a trade with the Bulls last summer in exchange for center Robin Lopez and point guards Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon. But Rose, who had one year left on his contract, was not the difference-maker the front office had hoped for. He averaged 18.0 points per game, but was a defensive liability and averaged just 4.4 assists.

Knicks G Derrick Rose
Knicks guard Derrick Rose, right, drives against the Celtics' Marcus Smart during the first half at TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2017, in Boston. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

His season ended prematurely after he tore the meniscus in his left knee, requiring surgery.

Before the February trade deadline, the Knicks discussed a trade with Minnesota that would have sent Rose, 28, to Minnesota in exchange for point guard Ricky Rubio.

ESPN also reported that the Knicks haven't given up on the idea of trading for Rubio, who has two more years left on his contract.

Last season, Rubio, 26, averaged 11.1 points and 9.1 assists.

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