Whether you like it or not, the Cleveland Cavaliers are pursuing Derrick Rose. With Kay Felder and Jose Calderon as Kyrie Irving’s backups, it makes some sense that the team feels that they need help at the back-up point guard positions. The fact that one of those players is a new signing and needs a replacement before the season even starts is another matter entirely.
According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, Rose will meet with the Cavs face-to-face in the coming days and is not expected to make a decision before next week.
Derrick Rose to have face-to-face meeting with Cavaliers in coming days, league sources tell ESPN. No decision expected until next week.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 21, 2017
There is probably some role with the Cavs where Rose would be a helpful addition. That being said, there are many questions and concerns that come with a possible signing. There has been some talk that he would start alongside Irving and if he doesn’t, it’s unclear how he would adjust to a smaller role. While the wording is not clear, the joined report from Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski seems to indicate they see the bulk of his minutes coming with Irving:
The Cavs are believed to be offering Rose a minimum contract for $2.1 million for the upcoming season to play with Kyrie Irving in the team's backcourt
Rose has little experience playing off ball and his lack of a three point shot makes him an awkward fit as a third ball handler behind LeBron James and Irving. He could prove to be useful with the second unit, however if the intention is to provide him with a significant role the team is likely better off without him.