CLEVELAND – With Kyrie Irving seeking a trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers bolstered their backcourt on Tuesday when the team officially announced the signing of free agent point guard Derrick Rose.
“We are very excited to be able to add a player of Derrick’s caliber and experience to the team,” Cavs general manager Koby Altman said in a statement. “Derrick could have gone to a number of other teams, but his specific mindset, goals and total focus and commitment to winning are what resulted in him signing with the Cavaliers. We are confident he will be a very good fit with our organization and we look forward to the many ways he will contribute to the team.”
While terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, ESPN reported Rose signed with Cleveland for a one-year, $2.1 million veteran minimum.
In addition to the Cavs, the 28-year-old Rose had reportedly received interest this offseason from the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, as well as his two former teams, the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks. In 64 games with the Knicks last season, Rose averaged 18.0 points on .471 shooting, as well as 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game.
Prior to his lone season in New York, Rose spent seven seasons with the Chicago Bulls, who selected him first overall out of Memphis in the 2008 NBA Draft. In that time, Rose was named the 2009 Rookie of the Year and 2011 MVP, providing Chicago with its first franchise player since Michael Jordan.
READ MORE: WKYC.com
Article Courtesy of WKYC Channel 3 News Cleveland
First Picture Courtesy of Eduardo Munoz Alvarez and Getty Images
Tweet and Second Picture Courtesy of Twitter and WKYC Channel 3 News Cleveland