MINNEAPOLIS-Tom Thibodeau's Timberwolves have been linked to Derrick Rose dating back to last season.
Minnesota inquired about a trade with New York at last year's deadline to bring the former MVP point guard to Minnesota, but it never came to fruition. And ever since Rose was traded from Cleveland to Utah last week, then subsequently waived by the Jazz, the Wolves again have been mentioned as a likely landing spot for Rose.
But Rose cleared waivers on Monday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, meaning Minnesota didn't claim the guard who could have been had for a minimum-salary contract.
That doesn't mean Rose won't end up in Minnesota. The Wolves still could sign the guard at any time. But Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that it's "increasingly possible" Rose won't sign anywhere until after the all-star break.
Thibodeau was asked Tuesday if he indeed is interested in bringing Rose aboard.
"We'll see," said Thibodeau, who guided the point guard to his best years in Chicago. "We're always looking to look at different ways that we can improve the club."
A potential Rose acquisition has support from at least one player on the roster: Taj Gibson, who played with Rose in Chicago.
"That's my guy," Gibson said. "We've been in the trenches for a long time. It'd be good to have him on our team, because it's just good to have veteran leadership, but we'll just let Thibs handle that. Tyus (Jones) and the rest of the guys have been doing a great job."
On a radio appearance on ESPN 1000 AM last week, Gibson was asked if Rose could fit in with the Wolves.
"That's crazy to ask that, because it's Derrick Rose, and Derrick Rose can fit into any team," Gibson said. "He's a scorer, he's a big guard, I think he could help any team he's given a chance to play for. But just having the fact he could possibly be with us, it'd be just like old times, I'm sure Tom would find a way to fit him into the system.
"Tom was all about if you play hard and you're proven underneath his system, and you're going to go out there and lay it on the line, he's going to find time for you to play on his team. ... We'll see what happens.
"It just comes down to finding the right system and the right personnel that will let him play the game he's capable of playing," Gibson said. "That's what I truly believe."