Following reports on early Thursday morning that free agent guard Derrick Rose is nearing a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers have quickly emerged as a possible landing spot, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
Story posting shortly with @ChrisBHaynes on Lakers pitch and meeting with Derrick Rose today
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 20, 2017
Rose is one of the top remaining players left on the open market and had been in recent discussions with the Milwaukee Bucks and L.A. Clippers, but things have yet to materialize. The sudden interest from the Cavaliers could be coming in wake of reports that LeBron James is growing frustrated with how the front office has operated up to this point in the offseason.
Although the Cavaliers currently present Rose with the best chance to win, the Lakers hold the edge of by being able to offer him more money as they still possess a $4.3 million exception. Along with that Chris Haynes of ESPN is also reporting that whichever team can sell on Rose on the team’s culture and a defined playing role could ultimately have the edge to sign him.
Sources say Derrick Rose "just wants to play ball," so it appears whichever team can sell its atmosphere, defined role will have advantage.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 20, 2017
It would be an interesting fit as Rose fits the bill as a veteran point guard that could help mentor rookie Lonzo Ball while playing a significant role off the bench. It would likely have to come down to the former league MVP willingness to take a reduced role as to what’s he has been accustomed to over the first nine seasons.
The 28-year-old is coming off a productive first year with the New York Knicks where he averaged 18.0 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the field along with 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 32.5 minutes in 64 games played that were all starts. He had also averaged a career-high 10.1 points per game in the paint, which was tied for the second highest mark among guards last season.
However, his season was cut short in early April as it was revealed that he suffered a tear in the meniscus in his left knee, which required him to get the fourth knee surgery in his NBA career.