Derrick Rose heads to Pistons, Jimmy Butler joins Heat

MANILA, Philippines – Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler will see action for new teams next season as the NBA free agency continues to go wild.

Rose has left the Minnesota Timberwolves and agreed to a two-year, $15-million deal with the Detroit Pistons, while Butler agreed to a four-year, $142-million deal with the Miami Heat through a sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Free agent guard Derrick Rose has agreed to a two-year, $15M deal to join the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019

BREAKING: Jimmy Butler will sign max contract with the Heat, sources tell @ShamsCharania. — The Athletic NBA (@TheAthleticNBA) July 1, 2019


The former NBA MVP Rose put up one of his best seasons in recent years, averaging 18 points, 4.3 assists, and 2.7 rebounds for the Timberwolves. 

He will join a Pistons squad – his fifth NBA team – that advanced to the Eastern Conference playoffs and are expected to contend again next season with holdovers Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin.

Butler, meanwhile, normed 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1.8 steals last season en route to helping the 76ers reach the East semifinals before they fell to eventual NBA champions Toronto Raptors.  

The 29-year-old will bring a new dawn to the Heat – his third NBA team in 3 years – following the retirement of franchise legend Dwyane Wade. –