Derrick Rose has finally found a new home in the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his salary falls just short of the contract he was reportedly expecting back in January.
Five months ago, it was reported that the 2011 MVP would seek a maximum contract this offseason.
Instead, he got $2.1 million for one season’s worth of work.
Free agent Derrick Rose has reached an agreement on a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 24, 2017
Luol Deng and Joakim Noah each got $72 million in their last contract. Rose gets $2.1 million
— Ricky O’Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) July 24, 2017
During meetings between Rose and the franchise’s front office, the parties discussed the point guard’s assuming a starting role in Cleveland. Apparently, the Cavaliers informed the former New York Knicks guard of Kyrie Irving’s trade request before it was reported on.
A season ago, Rose posted his best numbers since suffering a devastating ACL injury in the 2012 playoffs, averaging 18 points per game on 47.1 percent shooting.
LeBron James appeared pumped about the move on Twitter.
🌹 🌹 🌹🌹🌹 Let’s Rock G!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 24, 2017
If Rose thought last year’s Knicks were a super team, I’d hate to imagine the moniker he’d assign to a squad featuring himself, LeBron, and Kevin Love.