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Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly seek Derrick Rose, Tom Thibodeau reunion

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New York Knicks Derrick Rose runs up the court to play defense in the first half against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 12, 2017. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
New York Knicks Derrick Rose runs up the court to play defense in the first half against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 12, 2017. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

A reunion between Derrick Rose and his former coach could be in the works.

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached Rose for seven seasons with the Chicago Bulls, reached out to the New York Knicks to inquire about Rose's availability, ESPN reports.

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It is unclear what the Timberwolves are offering for Rose, per ESPN. But the team is reportedly motivated to move veteran Ricky Rubio as Thibodeau has settled on rookie Kris Dunn as the team's point guard of the future.

Rose was traded to the Knicks from the Bulls last June 22 as New York sought to become a contender in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks (23-34) are four games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

The former MVP and three-time All-Star is averaging 17.7 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 48 games this season. Rose, 28, has missed some time with back spasms and an ankle injury, but his knees remain healthy.

Several other teams have also inquired about Rose's availability, ESPN reports. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

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