Rose re­port­edly agrees one-year deal with Cavs

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

LOS ANGELES: Free agent point guard Der­rick Rose is set to sign a one-year, $2.1 mil­lion deal with the Cleve­land Cava­liers, US me­dia re­ported on Mon­day. Rose, the youngest player to win the NBA Most Valu­able Player award when he took the tro­phy in 2011, met with Cavs of­fi­cials in Ohio on Mon­day.

Cleve­land.com re­ported he had agreed to join the East­ern Conference cham­pi­ons “af­ter spend­ing the day dis- cussing how the team will re­turn to the Fi­nals with­out Kyrie Irv­ing.” ESPN, cit­ing league sources, also re­ported Rose and the Cavs had come to terms.

Cleve­land’s talks with Rose, re­ported last week, took on an added ur­gency in the wake of re­ports that 25-year-old guard Irv­ing has re­quested a trade, in­di­cat­ing he no longer wanted to play in the shadow of Cava­liers su­per­star LeBron James.

Rose, 28, could add a back­court spark for the Cava­liers as they try to mount a tougher chal­lenge to Golden State. The Cavs reached the NBA fi­nals each of the past three sea­sons, falling to the War­riors in 2015, cap­tur­ing the tro­phy over the War­riors in 2016, and falling again to Golden State this sea­son.

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.

Rose av­er­aged 18 points, 3.8 re­bounds and 4.4 as­sists in 64 games for the New York Knicks last sea­son. He was ac­quired in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, but the 2016-17 sea­son ended in an­other in­jury as he hit free agency for the first time. Rose’s time with the Bulls was marred by a se­ries of knee in­juries, the first of them torn left knee lig­a­ments in the open­ing game 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.

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