Hey, here’s some news:
Derrick Rose has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and completed his physical exam today, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 24, 2017
Derrick Rose was rumored to potentially want to join the Cavs as of last week, and that has now come to pass. Most surprising part of this whole saga? That a guy who was previously publicly lobbying for a $150 million max contract is now playing for about $2.1 million next season.
Some brief details from Shams’ story:
Rose met with the Cavaliers on Monday and committed to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal, league sources told The Vertical. Rose plans to have dinner with new Cavs general manager Koby Altman on Monday night and sign a contract on Tuesday, league sources said.
For the 2011 NBA MVP and 2009 Rookie of the Year, the Cavaliers represent an opportunity to play for a championship contender alongside LeBron James. Rose and the Cavaliers have discussed parameters for Rose to play as a starter and reserve, but the three-time NBA All-Star has focused on filling whichever role the franchise requires.
So, sounds to me like they basically told him, “Hey, if we trade Kyrie Irving, you’re starting, buddy! If not, you’re coming off the bench!”
Honestly, the Cavs should be a good landing spot for Rose. He should just be able to focus on scoring and not much else if he comes off the bench, and that’s something he still does quite well.
Rose re-signing with the Knicks seemed like a distant possibility after his biggest public supporter in the organization (Phil Jackson) was booted and the team renounced his rights in order to sign Tim Hardaway Jr. There was also very little chatter about the Knicks and Rose once free agency started.
At any rate, good luck Derrick! Personally, I’ll remember your sweet drives to the hoop, but also that you’re kind of an odd duck.
Feel free share your favorite Rose memories, grumble or celebrate in the comments.