CLEVELAND (CBSNewYork/AP) — Derrick Rose has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a person familiar with the decision says.
Rose, a former league MVP who has battled knee injuries, will get a one-year contract at the veteran’s minimum of $2.1 million, said the person who spoke Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announce the agreement.READ MORE: New York City To Hold July 7 'Hometown Heroes' Ticker Tape Parade For Health Care Workers, First Responders, Essential Workers
Rose played for the Knicks last season and averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists. The 28-year-old’s role with the Cavs is still to be determined. He could be used as a backup or start depending on what the team does with All-Star Kyrie Irving, who recently asked for a trade.
Rose drew interest from other teams. He met with Cleveland’s front office Monday, when the team promoted Koby Altman to be their full-time general manger after he served as the interim GM since mid-June.
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It’s been a turbulent month for Cleveland since it lost to Golden State in the NBA Finals. General manager David Griffin left the team, owner Dan Gilbert couldn’t entice former NBA star Chauncey Billups to join his front office and now the Irving mess.
According to ESPN, Irving has grown tired of being in James’ shadow and the preferential treatment shown by the Cavaliers to the four-time MVP. Irving has reportedly given Cleveland a list of four preferred landing spots: the Knicks, Heat, Spurs and Timberwolves.
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