Report: Cavaliers, Lakers, Bulls Competing For Derrick Rose
Free agent point guard Derrick Rose and the Cavaliers are in "serious talks" about a one-year deal, ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski report.
The Los Angeles Lakers are meeting Rose on Thursday, and are trying to sell him on their environment and his potential playing time, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Chris Haynes report. Wojarnowski reports the Cavaliers were aware of this meeting.
Additionally, Sam Amick of USA Today Sports reports that Rose will likely make a decision this weekend and his agent B.J. Armstrong is saying the Chicago Bulls are also in the mix to land him.
Sources close to Rose are saying he "just wants to play ball" and will go with the team that clearly defines his role, Haynes also reports.
Rose, 28, is one of the top remaining free agents on the open market. He played 64 games last season for the Knicks, averaging 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game.
The Cavaliers have been relatively quiet in free agency this summer, adding Jose Calderon and Jeff Green but failing to make a big splash. After losing the NBA Finals to the Warriors, Cleveland parted ways with general manager David Griffin.
The Lakers brought in guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on a one-year, $17.7 million deal. Los Angeles has been targeting veteran point guards this off-season, looking to sign them to short-term deals. Rajon Rondo and George Hill were among the players the Lakers tried to sign.
Rose started his career with the Bulls and won the 2008-09 Rookie of the Year and 2010-11 MVP while in Chicago. The Bulls traded All-Star guard Jimmy Butler and No. 16 pick Justin Patton on draft night to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and No. 7 pick Lauri Markkanen.
Rose joined the Knicks last off-season in a trade with Chicago, where the point guard played the first seven seasons of his career. Rose was involved in multiple trade rumors before last season's deadline, but the Knicks ended up holding on to the oft-injured veteran.
Rose has also reportedly drawn interest from the Milwaukee Bucks in free agency.