Derrick Rose, the youngest player to win the National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player (MVP) award when he took the trophy in 2011, is in talks over a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN reported on Thursday. Rose should not be a starter on legitimate title contender and would not be a featured part of the offense, though Windhorst reports the Cavs want to play him with Kyrie Irving in the backcourt.
Derrick Rose signing with the Cavs would mean every NBA MVP victor from 2009-2016 would be on either Cleveland or Golden State.
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"I understand we're in a very peculiar place", Irving said. With the Cavs only being able to offer a portion of the taxpayer mid-level exception or the veteran's minimum, the maximum amount the Cavs could pay Rose is $2.5 million over one year. The Cavs tried Williams and it didn't work but why not switch things up and hand the ball to Rose and let Irving run wild on the perimeter with James?
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Behind the efforts of James, Irving and Kevin Love, the Cavs have been to three consecutive Finals, losing to the Warriors in June and also in 2015.
General manager David Griffin could not come to an agreement on a new contract with Gilbert and left the organization, days before the draft. He had also averaged a career-high 10.1 points per game in the paint, which was tied for the second highest mark among guards last season. Irving, on the other hand, averaged 25 points and six assists on 47 percent shooting.
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Irving has three years and $60 million remaining on his contract, but has the ability to opt out prior to the 2019-2020.
Rose made $21.3 million while playing in 64 games for the New York Knicks last season.
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"That's two years down the road, Joe, we're not going to discuss that", Wechsler said.