The Kyrie Irving - Cleveland Cavaliers saga continues to build after the team decides to add another point guard to their roster.
Former NBA MVP, Derrick Rose has agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Cavaliers. Amplifying the recent controversy in Cleveland, this is just the latest chapter in the Cavaliers mystifying off-season. Last week, Irving demanded to leave the Eastern Conference Champions to be the focal point of another team's offense. Expecting a trade, Irving asked to be sent to New York, Miami, San Antonio, or Minnesota.
The signing was first reported by Shams Charania and later confirmed by multiple sources.
Derrick Rose has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and completed his physical exam today, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 24, 2017
Looking for a revitalization of his career, Rose has not played a full NBA season since his MVP performance in 2010-2011. Battling painful injuries, including an ACL tear, a fractured orbital bone, and tearing his meniscus twice, he has never returned to form. Last season with the New York Knicks, he averaged 18.0 ppg while shooting 47.1 percent in 64 games.
Based on those numbers and his production alone, it does not look like Rose would be content, or a fit, at being Irving's back-up. In the NBA's arms race though, everyone seems to be willing to take a lesser role to get a ring, except Irving.
Adding the 28-year-old to the Cavaliers' roster means that besides Russell Westbrook, the past eight MVP award winners are on either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Golden State Warriors.