This is going to hurt, Bulls fans.
Former Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is reportedly in talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal.
Derrick Rose is in serious talks with the Cavs on a 1-year deal, sources tell @wojespn and me.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 20, 2017
The Cavaliers would be able to offer Rose a one-year, $2.5 million deal using a portion of their taxpayer midlevel exception or the veteran's minimum.
$2.5M for one season. https://t.co/kwbaziGpG9— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) July 20, 2017
It's a massive reality check for Rose, who reportedly was looking for a maximum contract this year in free agency.
Rose, of course, became the youngest MVP in league history in 2011 for the Bulls. He was dealt last year to the New York Knicks in a deal that returned Robin Lopez and Jerian Grant. Rose averaged 18.0 points on 47 percent shooting and 4.4 assists in 64 games.
Perhaps Rose's most famous shot in a Bulls uniform came against the Cavs, when he hit a buzzer-beater 3-pointer over Tristan Thompson to win Game 3 of the 2015 East semifinals.
Rose has also been linked to the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason, and he'll reportedly also meet with the Lakers.
Cavaliers have been aware of pending Rose meeting with Lakers, sources say. Lakers want to make a case over Cavs. https://t.co/xDoNfXQRqQ— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 20, 2017