Derrick Rose Mar 14, 2023; Portland, Oregon, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (4) smiles during warm ups before a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran point guard Derrick Rose got to start his NBA career with his hometown Chicago Bulls. He may now get a chance to end his career in the city where basketball fans got their first glimpse of his talents in college.

The former NBA MVP rose to fame during his one year in college with the Memphis Tigers. He famously reached the NCAA Championship Game against Kansas in the 2007-08 season as a freshman before declaring for the 2008 NBA Draft.

Rose has always been beloved by the city of Memphis for his collegiate playing days. He will now be returning to the city to play for the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Friday that Rose has agreed to terms with the Grizzlies on a two-year $6.5 million deal.

Many took to social media to offer their reaction to this news, as Grizzlies fans seem extremely thrilled to see that Rose will be returning to the city.


It’s unclear how much action Rose will actually see on the court next year for the Grizzlies. Regardless, the move is certainly an impactful one for the locker room of the team.

Grizzlies star Ja Morant has been a player heavily compared to Rose throughout his young career. Morant’s off-court activities have been on full display in recent months, and Rose could certainly be a very positive mentor for Morant as he tries to get his life back in order.

If Rose can help Morant in any way either on or off the court, this move will undoubtedly pay for itself for the Grizzlies organization.

[Shams Charania on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.