Source: Cavs clos­ing in on Rose

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press Fred­eric J. Brown, Getty Im­ages

CLEVE­LAND» The Cava­liers could be adding an­other for­mer MVP to their ros­ter.

Look­ing to close the gap on the cham­pion Golden State War­riors, Cleve­land is in con­tract talks with free-agent guard Der­rick Rose, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day. Rose, whose ca­reer has been side­tracked by in­juries, could sign a one-year deal for the vet­eran’s min­i­mum, ac­cord­ing to the per­son, who spoke to the AP on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause of the sen­si­tive na­ture of the talks.

Cleve­land has salary cap is­sues and is limited in what it can of­fer Rose, who made $21.3 mil­lion while play­ing in 64 games for the New York Knicks last sea­son.

ESPN.com first re­ported the Cavs’ pur­suit of the 28-year-old Rose. Other teams, in­clud­ing the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers, are in­ter­ested in him.

Al­though Rose may not be the same player he was in 2011 when he was named the league’s MVP while with the Chicago Bulls, he can still score and would be an­other nice com­ple­ment to LeBron James, a four-time MVP.

The Cava­liers 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-yearold Calderon.

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

Rose has av­er­aged 19.5 points and 6.0 as­sists since be­ing drafted first over­all by Chicago in 2008. He was a three-time all­star dur­ing his seven sea­sons with the Bulls.

Foot­note.

Udo­nis Haslem be­lieves he can still play, and the Miami Heat ap­par­ently agrees.

The three-time NBA cham­pion signed a one-year, $2.3 mil­lion deal to re­main with the Heat for what will be his 15th sea­son. Haslem was al­ready the long­est-tenured player in Heat his­tory, with all of his NBA sea­sons com­ing for his home­town team.

Among ac­tive play­ers, only Dirk Now­itzki, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have spent the en­tirety of a ca­reer span­ning at least 15 years with one fran­chise.

Haslem and Dwyane Wade are the only play­ers who were on all three Heat cham­pi­onship teams, in 2006, 2012 and 2013.

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