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Report: Former MVP, Derrick Rose to sign with the Cavaliers

Report: Former MVP, Derrick Rose to sign with the Cavaliers

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.

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. 

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Wizards bringing in UNC teammates Coby White and Nassir Little for pre-draft workout

Wizards bringing in UNC teammates Coby White and Nassir Little for pre-draft workout

The Wizards are holding their highest-profile pre-draft workout yet on Monday, hosting UNC teammates and projected lottery picks Coby White and Nassir Little. 

White earned All-ACC and All-Freshman honors during his lone season in Chapel Hill, averaging 16.1 points and 4.1 assists per game. Little's season with the Tar Heels did not go as smoothly as White's, but he is an NBA-ready athlete with tons of upside. 

Both White and Little could be options for the Wizards at No. 9 and would provide solutions to some of Washington's major needs. White would give the Wizards a primary play-maker while John Wall recovers from his Achilles injury, while Little would fill Washington's hole at small forward and bring some much-needed defense and rebounding to the team.

Before White and Little, the Wizards had brought in very few projected lottery picks during their pre-draft process, outside of Kentucky forward Keldon Johnson and French prospect Sekou Doumbouya. But with the 2019 NBA Draft looming on Thursday, the Wizards are ramping up their search for the player they'll pick at No. 9. 


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Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

The Anthony Davis trade will have ripple effects across the NBA, not only on teams, but also on the players involved.

Josh Hart, who was traded from the Lakers to the Pelicans as part of the package for Davis on Saturday, could stand to benefit from the move.

First, here's a look at all of the assets reportedly swapped in the deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Now, where does the Silver Spring, Md., native figure in the proceedings?

Hart spent his first two NBA seasons with the Lakers. He averaged 7.9 points in 24.4 minutes per game in his two years in Los Angeles. 

Still, Hart was often the Lakers' third or fourth option at shooting guard behind starter Brandon Ingram and shared minutes with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Bullock and Lance Stephenson. 

LeBron James and the Lakers' win-now strategy left little room to develop Hart last season.

Now in New Orleans, he is part of a franchise rebuilding around presumptive No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. The trade gave the Pelicans both a younger roster and a long enough timeline for success to develop players.

That can only be good news for Hart, giving him the chance to start fresh and impress Pelicans general manager David Griffin and head coach Alvin Gentry with his potential. 

Where the Sidwell Friends alum fits into the lineup depends on several factors.

At first glance, the new-look Pelicans could start Lonzo Ball at point guard, move Jrue Holiday to shooting guard, then complete the lineup with Ingram at small forward, Williamson at power forward and Julius Randle at center. 

If both Ingram and Holiday remain healthy, Hart would compete with Stanley Johnson to be the first wing off the bench for New Orleans.

But if Ingram does suffer recurring issues related to blood clots, Hart could press his case to start. 

The only issue complicating his place in New Orleans' plans is the No. 4 pick that was traded from the Lakers.

If the Pelicans keep that pick and draft a wing player like Jarrett Culver, Hart could find himself on the outside looking in again.