Derrick Rose is looking for a new home, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are meeting with him to discuss a one-year deal.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Derrick Rose and the Cavaliers are meeting in Ohio on Monday to discuss a one-year, $2.1 million deal for 2017-18. Woj described the talks between the two as “serious,” and the former MVP appears to be leaning toward Cleveland.
After a disastrous season with the New York Knicks, Rose is looking to start fresh. He didn’t play poorly, but the situation was less than ideal and Rose’s weaknesses were exposed more than ever before. In 64 games, the 28-year-old averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and shot 47.1 percent from the field.
If he were to sign with Cleveland, Rose’s role would (hopefully) be to backup Kyrie Irving. However, Irving’s future with the organization is up in the air. He requested a trade over the weekend and is upset about having to be a sidekick to LeBron James. Nothing serious has come of Irving’s request, but the 25-year-old has presented the Cavaliers with a list of preferred destinations: New York, San Antonio, Miami and Minnesota.
Rose could use the Cavaliers as a springboard to regain some of his earning potential. There’s no shot he gets another max deal, but Rose is worth a bit more than the minimum.
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