Derrick Rose issues 3-word statement on Grizzlies future

Oct 27, 2023; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Derrick Rose (23) holds after
Oct 27, 2023; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Derrick Rose (23) holds after / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

After enduring one of their worst and most challenging campaigns in recent memory, the Memphis Grizzlies find themselves heading into an offseason full of questions.

From draft decisions to possible trades, Taylor Jenkins' collection of talent could very easily find itself undergoing a facelift of sorts over the next several months.

And while no player other than Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, and Jaren Jackson Jr. should be seen as a guaranteed lock to return to Grind City for 2024-25, during Monday's exit interviews, Derrick Rose seemed pretty confident in his chances of staying put for the second season of his two-year deal.

In fact, the veteran guard essentially guarantees his presence will remain in the 38103.

Derrick Rose addresses his future with Grizzlies during exit interviews

"I'm coming back."

Derrick Rose

Rose would also note during his exit interview that "I talked to Zach, I talked to coach" in regard to his future with the Grizzlies, and, per his assessment of the behind the curtains conversations, they, too, share a desire for him to stay put.

Rose's debut campaign with the Grizzlies proved to be a real roller coaster ride filled with up-and-down play and frequent bites from the injury bug.

The veteran only managed to see action on 24 separate occasions, where he averaged 8.0 points, 3.3 assists, and 1.9 rebounds, and was sidelined for the final month and a half of the season with a nagging back injury.

With the emergence of players like Vince Williams Jr., GG Jackson, and, from a backcourt competition standpoint, Scotty Pippen Jr., it has been widely perceived that Rose's chances of returning for next year's campaign were far from a lock, with some arguing that he should be viewed as an "expendable" commodity this summer.

As of right now, however, it appears the 35-year-old anticipates that he'll be on the roster in 2024-25 and, until other news or reports surface, so, too, should Grizzlies fans.