Cavaliers Sign Derrick Rose to One-Year Deal as Potential Kyrie Irving Replacement

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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.

The figure is particularly paltry when compared to the talent-sapped husks of his former Chicago Bulls teammates, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng, who got paid last year.

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.

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.