Former New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose is reportedly close to a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.The market for Derrick Rose has been quiet thus far in free agency, and the New York Knicks are apparently out. Teams have not been enamored with signing the former league MVP, until now.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in negotiations with Rose on a one-year deal.
Derrick Rose is in serious talks with the Cavs on a 1-year deal, sources tell @wojespn and me.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 20, 2017
The Cavs would likely have Rose, along with newly signed guard Jose Calderon, come off the bench to backup All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers struggled to find a backup for Irving last season but now could have two capable guards playing behind him. During the 2017 NBA Finals, Cavs backup point guard Deron Williams averaged only one point, 1.2 assists and 12.2 minutes per game against Golden State.
Rose spent last season with the New York Knicks after eight seasons with the Chicago Bulls. He averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game with New York. The possibly soon-to-be former Knick will turn 29 years old in October.