Former NBA MVP and New York Knicks free agent point guard Derrick Rose is in "serious talks" with the Cleveland Cavaliers for a contract. This comes after he met with the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks. It remains to be seen whether Rose would accept a bench role after starting for his entire career.
With career averages of 19.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting and 6.0 assists through eight National Basketball Association seasons, Rose would bolster the Lakers' backcourt by providing both production and experience.
Rose, 28, is one of the top remaining free agents on the open market.
Derrick Rose signing with the Cavs would mean every NBA MVP victor from 2009-2016 would be on either Cleveland or Golden State. However, the Cavs would give Rose an opportunity to play for a real contender - something he hasn't been able to do since his NBA MVP season. The teams that Rose held meetings with are the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers. New York Knicks, sources said.
Two options stand above all others as safe bets for the point guard: the Bulls and the Knicks.
Jason Lloyd's take from his vacation on the beach: Rose is better than Jose Calderon, whom the Cavs signed this offseason.
The Chicago Bulls will always be the team that birthed his career and, luckily for Rose, are also going through a rough patch.
A minimum salary for Rose is $2,116,955.
While Rose wouldn't put the Cavaliers much closer to beating the Golden State Warriors in a Finals rematch, the addition of the former MVP at the reported price point of $2.1 million, along with situation he'd come into, make him a risk worth taking. The Lakers view the 26-year-old Clark as a good mentor for Ball after helping the Warriors win the 2017 National Basketball Association championship.