Latest NBA news claimed that free-agent point guard Derrick Rose is in serious talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers for a one-year contract. Moreover, apart from the Cavs, it was also reported that Rose also met with the Los Angeles Lakers last Thursday.
It looks like Derrick Rose wants to join the defending Eastern Conference champions as reports were rife that he might sign a deal with the said team. However, some sources were also telling that he met with the Lakers and the meeting actually lasted for three hours.
Aside from the Cleveland Cavaliers, ABC News reported that Derrick Rose also met with other NBA teams which included the Los Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks. Even if the former NBA No.1 draft pick met with several other teams, it was said that he has gained momentum on a deal with the Cavs in the past days. With this, he is expected to have a face-to-face meeting with the team in the coming days.
With the series of meeting to be held the coming days, Derrick Rose is not expected to make a decision until next week and since playing on a contender is what matters more to him. If he signs final with the Cleveland Cavaliers, this will also give him the chance to be closer to his family in Chicago. That's why he is also considering many reasons even outside basketball matters.
If the meeting will be finalized, the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly will be offering Derrick Rose a minimum contract for $2.1 million for the next season. He will be playing with Kyrie Irving in the team's backcourt. If the team will agree to the deal, this will add $6.4 million to its luxury tax bill for the upcoming season.
Before he could sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers are also trying to attract Derrick Rose to sign with them. The team promised to offer him more money and playing time in a much better environment following his unbridled season with the New York Knicks.
In the year 2011, Derrick Rose became the youngest player in the history of NBA to win the MVP award when he was still in the Chicago Bulls. Last season, he also tied for second among NBA guards by averaging a career-high 10.1 points.