Cleveland Cavaliers, Derrick Rose in 'serious talks' on one-year deal

Jessica Allison
July 21, 2017

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst, sources say free agent point guard Derrick Rose and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in serious talks to finalize a one-year deal.

Rose has drawn interest this offseason from Minnesota, Milwaukee and the Clippers.

The Cavaliers could be adding another former MVP to their roster. The guard said he was interested in returning and former team president Phil Jackson raved about him after his end-of-season interview.

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The thought in Cleveland is that Rose would play off-the ball, or be the primary back-up point guard for Kyrie Irving. While Rose will never regain his 2011 MVP form, Deron Williams is incredibly washed up and clearly not the answer judging by his performance in the playoffs. The Cavaliers would have to pay about $12 million in taxes on the roughly $2.1 million deal.

Rose has averaged 19.5 points and 6.0 assists since being drafted first overall by Chicago in 2008. However, Rose still a career low from deep at 21 percent. But Cleveland has much more incentive to set a hard line. The deal would put Rose as Kyrie Irving's backup and place him alongside four-time MVP and three-time National Basketball Association champion LeBron James. Apart from re-signing their own, the only outside moves that the Cavs have made is inking Jose Calderon and Jeff Green.

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