CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Derrick Rose and the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed on a one-year contract, reported to be worth the veteran's minimum of $2.1 million. The deal is expected to be made official on Tuesday.
The signing comes at a time of uncertainty for the defending Eastern Conference Champions. Last week, news broke about Kyrie Irving's demands to be traded out of Cleveland. He hasn't been shipped out, as of Tuesday morning, but the addition of Rose shows that the Cavaliers could be preparing for life without Kyrie.
When the news broke, LeBron James posted a subliminal tweet, assuming it's in reference to Derrick Rose. The tweet featured five "rose" emojis and said "Let's Rock G!!
Rose averaged 18 points and over 4 assist per game last year while playing for the New York Knicks. His stats compare to Kyrie's 25 points and 6 assists per game last year. Judging by this video showing some of Derrick Rose's best plays from the 2016-17 NBA season, he can get to the rim just as easy as Kyrie.
His athletic ability depends on his health though. He has had numerous injuries throughout his career.
Rose started to have knee issues in 2012 when he tore the ACL in his left knee. He missed the end of the 2012 season and the entire next season while recovering. He then suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in the first season back from his ACL surgery. Most recently, Rose suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee while playing for the Knicks in 2017 and played only 64 games in the season.
Not many basketball fans are showing optimism towards Rose's health.