Derrick Rose is now a member of the Clevleand Cavaliers, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Rose comes to Cleveland on a one-year deal worth $2.1 million. Per cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon, the Cavs and Rose discussed how the team would get to the Finals without Kyrie Irving. Per Vardon, Cleveland did not promise Rose the team’s starting point guard job.
In Cleveland, Rose could play a bigger role than many would have expected a few days ago. If and when Irving is traded, Rose could become the team’s starting point guard ahead of Jose Calderon and Kay Felder. And considering that Rose is nowhere near the the player he was when he won the 2011 NBA, Cleveland will likely see a significant drop in production from the point guard spot, even if they add another point guard in an Irving deal.
Rose, who has a lengthy history of leg injuries and had last season with the Knicks cut short due to a torn meniscus, passed his physical with the Cavs on Monday.
The Cavs’ roster is now at 15 players, so the team would have to waive a player to add anyone else, aside from two-way contracts. Felder, who has a small guarantee on his contract, and center Edy Tavares, whose deal is non-guaranteed, would be the obvious choices to be cut.
The team has yet to officially anounce the signing.