• Rose likely to sit out remainder of NBA season
  • Pistons are out of the NBA playoffs
  • Pistons could add Jordan McRae

Derrick Rose is injured again although it is not as serious as the past ones he had. The former NBA MVP suffered an ankle injury in their game against the Sacramento Kings but it appears that it is nothing serious. The 31-year-old guard underwent an MRI and the test returned negative. There is a chance for him to still return this season although it may make no more sense.

Each time Rose suffers an injury, most hold their breath. This is one of the reasons why he has been struggling to finish an NBA season. Considering he was able to reinvent himself this year, it would all go down the drain if the top pick of the 2008 NBA Draft is not cautious about what to do next. With the Pistons out of the playoff picture, it may be in his best interest to sit out the remaining games and save his strength for the 2020-21 season. Rose could return in two weeks if his ankle heals as scheduled, ESPN reported.

Pistons coach Dwane Casey is non-committal on whether Rose will return or not, reported. However, it appears that he agrees that it may make no sense for the 6-foot-2 guard to return for the team's remaining games.

"I don't know what he would get from it," Casey said. "We'd get a little bump from it as a team, but I don’t know what he would gain from it by coming back (late in the season). But we haven't made that decision yet."

Also, it would be the best time for the Bulls to give other players a chance. There Brandon Knight, Luke Kennard and Reggie Jackson who could get their act together with longer minutes. Also, the Pistons do have an open roster spot. According to Yahoo Sports, Detroit seems interested in bringing in Jordan McRae who was recently let go by the Denver Nuggets.

Standing in the way are the Phoenix Suns who plan to put a waiver claim. But it appears the Pistons have the inside track since they are behind the Suns in the overall standings. The fate of McRae should get clearer this Wednesday when he clears waivers.

As for Rose, resting and complete recovery would be best. At 31 and someone who has been through a lot of injuries, his body needs a break. Months of rest could do him and the Pistons good as they try to bounce back next NBA season.

Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards during the game on March 9, 2019 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Getty Images/Hannah Foslien