Derrick Rose, Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly discussing one-year deal

Posted July 23, 2017

Derrick Rose is reportedly deciding between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers, but his former team the Chicago Bulls may also be involved.

Rose is also meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, sources told ESPN's Chris Haynes and Ramona Shelburne. He played in 64 games for Chicago in 2015-16 and 64 for NY last season, all of them as a starter. There is little reason for optimism regarding Rose's ability to stay healthy this season. The Bucks also have shown interest in Rose.

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Overall, there are too many unanswered questions and the risks are too high for the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign Derrick Rose, even on a minimum deal.

The Knicks acquired Rose last June. The Cavaliers are the defending Eastern Conference champions. The Lakers are trying to entice Rose to sign with them, suggesting they can offer more playing time and money in a better environment after Rose's tumultuous season in NY, sources said. Both played for coach Jeff Hornacek when he was with Phoenix.

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The injury-prone 28-year-old point guard would add a backcourt spark for the Cavaliers as they try to mount a tougher challenge to Golden State, who beat Cleveland in two of their NBA Finals matchups over the past three seasons.

Rose, the former NBA Most Valuable Player in 2011 for the Chicago Bulls, had struggled in the recent years due to significant injuries and off-court troubles.

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Rose, who played collegiately at Memphis, has averaged 19.5 points and 6.0 assists in his eight-year career. The team has dealt wing Jimmy Butler, and appears to be attempting a rebuild, which would make signing Rose seem counterintuitive but the franchise does need a point guard.