Cavs pluck Rose from New York Cleveland adding for­mer MVP on one-year veteran’s min­i­mum deal

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

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.

Der­rick Rose

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