Derrick Rose has officially signed his one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced Tuesday.
New Cavs general manager Koby Altman released the following statement on the move:
"We are very excited to be able to add a player of Derrick’s caliber and experience to the team,” said Altman. “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.”
Rose played in 64 games with the New York Knicks this past season and averaged 18.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
The former MVP said in a brief statement that he's excited to get to work with his new team.
“I have a single focus and purpose of wanting to play to win,” said Rose. “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.”
Cavs star LeBron James welcomed Rose to the team with a tweet late Monday evening.
According to The Vertical, Rose and James share a mutual respect and admiration for each other and a strong desire in a partnership that neither expected but have now welcomed.