Cavs pluck Rose from New York Cleveland adding former MVP on one-year veteran’s minimum deal
CLEVELAND — For the moment, the Cavaliers have one content, proven point guard.
According to an inside source, free agent Derrick Rose on Monday agreed to sign with Cleveland. The former MVP, who has battled knee injuries, has a one-year contract at the veteran’s minimum of $2.1 million, the source told Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.
Rose played for the New York Knicks last season and averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists.
The 28-year-old’s role with the Cavs is still to be determined. He could be used as a backup or even start, depending on what the team does with All-Star Kyrie Irving, who recently requested for a trade.
Irving’s demands have complicated things for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who were beaten by Golden State in the Finals. They’ ll certainly find interest in Irving, but it may be challenging to find comparable talent in return.
That’s where Rose comes in. When healthy, he is a dynamic scorer capable of taking over a game, and paired with LeBron James, he could be even more dangerous.
Not long after reports surfaced of Rose’s agreement, James posted a message on Twitter with five rose emojis followed by “Let’s Rock G!!”
Rose met with Cleveland’s front office on Monday, when the team promoted Koby Altman to be its full-time general manger after he served as the interim GM since mid-June.
Rose just completed his eighth season since being drafted first overall by Chicago in 2008. He was named the league’s MVP in 2011 while with the Bulls, but his time in Chicago was marred by a series of knee injuries, including torn ligaments in the opener of the 2012 playoffs.
He missed the entire 2012-13 season and played less than a month into the 2013-14 campaign before a season-ending right knee injury.
He missed 20 games in the 2014-15 season after another right knee operation.
Because the Cavaliers are so far over the salary cap, they could only offer Rose a oneyear deal.
If Rose does join the Cavaliers, Golden State and Cleveland would have every NBA MVP from 2009 through 2016.
James won the award in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Golden State forward Kevin Durant won it in 2014 while playing with Oklahoma City, and Warriors guard Stephen Curry was MVP in 2015 and 2016.