Derrick Rose clears waivers, and his NBA future looks more and more uncertain

Rob Carr/GettyDerrick Rose’s half-season in Cleveland has come to an unceremonious end.
  • Derrick Rose has yet to find a new NBA team
  • Prominent NBA reporter Zach Lowe believes he might be out of the league by next season
  • Rose was once one of the most promising stars in the league

Derrick Rose cleared league waivers after being waved by the Utah Jazz and is now a free agent, according to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.

While there’s still a solid chance Rose will get signed somewhere to play out the remainder of the season, it appears that the one-time league MVP is increasingly running out of options for keeping his career going.

“I think there’s a decent chance that he’s done in the NBA,” ESPN NBA reporter Zach Lowe recently said on his podcast. “I hope that he can revive his career and be in the league, but I think there’s a non-zero chance that he’s un-signed going into next season.”

If so, this would be a precipitous fall for Rose, the league MVP in 2011 who seemed like one of the NBA’s bright young stars and one of the best threats to LeBron James’ total hegemony over the Eastern Conference. But injuries, most notably an ACL tear in the 2012 playoffs, have derailed his career ever since.

Rose was traded to Utah by the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 8 following a disastrous half-season in Cleveland, in which Rose himself left the team briefly to reconsider whether he even wanted to keep playing in the NBA. This was the second time in two years Rose had abruptly left his team, following a notable incident last season with the New York Knicks when he missed a game without notifying Knicks officials.

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