Former league MVP Derrick Rose, the Timberwolves’ top target when the NBA’s free-agency period began at 11 p.m. Saturday, reached agreement with them on a one-year contract in the hour before the clock struck midnight, according to a league source.
Rose will be paid about $2.4 million next season.
The agreement keeps him with Wolves coach/President of Basketball Operations Tom Thibodeau, who coached him for five seasons, including his MVP season in 2011, in Chicago. Thibodeau signed him as a free agent in March and on Thursday indicated he would be a high priority in free agency.
Earlier in the day, the Wolves cleared nearly $5 million off their salary cap by waiving veteran center Cole Aldrich, as expected.
They will pay him $2 million of $6.95 million due for this coming season after he signed a mostly guaranteed three-year, $21 million contract in July 2016.
A Bloomington Jefferson High School star who played on Kansas’ 2008 NCAA title team, Aldrich played in 62 games his first season with the Wolves and but just 21 last season.
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