“We are very excited to be able to add a player of Derrick’s caliber and experience to the team,” said new GM Koby Altman in the release. “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.”
“I have a single focus and purpose of wanting to play to win,” said Rose, per the release. “Being part of a roster and organization that shares that type of commitment and being able to play with the Cavaliers and compete for a championship is the only thing that matters for me. I am very happy to be in Cleveland and look forward to getting to work.”
It’s not yet known what jersey number he’ll wear. When he played for the Bulls, he wore No. 1 - which is now available since James Jones retired and took a job with the Suns. Last season, he wore No. 25 with the Knicks. That number, though, is retired for Mark Price.
The Cavs, with Kyrie Irving on the roster for now, have four point guards on the roster in Irving, Rose, Kay Felder and Jose Calderon. It’s possible, if not likely, that two of the four won’t be on the team come opening night. Irving is likely to be traded, while Felder only has a small guarantee on his contract for next season and could be waived to create an open roster spot.