Cava­liers talk con­tract with Der­rick Rose

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTING LIFE -

CLEVE­LAND — A per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions says the Cleve­land Cava­liers are dis­cussing a con­tract with for­mer NBA MVP Der­rick Rose.

The team is dis­cussing a one-year deal with Rose, said the per­son who spoke Thurs­day to the As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause of the sen­si­tive na­ture of the talks.

Cleve­land is limited in what it can of­fer the free agent guard, whose ca­reer has been slowed by knee in­juries. Rose made $21.3 mil­lion while play­ing in 64 games for the New York Knicks last sea­son.

ESPN.com first re­ported the Cavs’ in­ter­est in the 28-year-old Rose.

The Cavs signed free agent Jose Calderon last month as a backup to All-Star point guard Kyrie Irv­ing. Rose, if healthy, would be a bet­ter op­tion than the 34-year-old Calderon.

Cleve­land strug­gled to fill the backup role af­ter al­low­ing Matthew Dellave­dova to leave as a free agent fol­low­ing the 2016 cham­pi­onship sea­son.

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