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Stephon Marbury goes on Twitter rant about Derrick Rose’s contract

Stephon Marbury is sounding off on the plight of a fellow ex-All-Star guard.

The former NBA star took to Twitter on Wednesday night to rant about the one-year, $2.1 million deal that Derrick Rose signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, citing Rose’s 2011 MVP Award and even calling out LeBron James.

To be fair, there’s often some financial trade-off involved when it comes to signing with a championship contender. But even considering his injury history, Rose’s contract was still well-below market value for a 28-year-old who averaged 18.0 points and 4.4 assists per game last season.

Marbury of all people knows that every dollar counts, but it may ultimately be worth it for Rose, getting to vie for the NBA title that Marbury never won.

Report: Derrick Rose wanted to sign with Spurs or Clippers

Derrick Rose will be getting his chance to contend, but he apparently would have rather it come in the Western Conference.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Wednesday that the ex-MVP “tried hard” to get top teams in the West to sign him — namely, the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers — but was ultimately turned down.

Rose, who wound up signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year, $2.1 million deal, was also linked to another (albeit lesser) Western team in the Los Angeles Lakers but couldn’t agree on what his role would be with them.

In any case, the three-time All-Star guard already appears to be assimiliating nicely into his new environment. As such, he probably isn’t looking back now.

LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Eric Bledsoe reportedly working out together

LeBron James

LeBron James is getting ready for the season with a new teammate and another interesting name.

According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, James will be working out in Las Vegas this week with Derrick Rose and Eric Bledsoe, and are set to work out together possibly as early as Wednesday.

Rose is, of course, a new teammate of James, having agreed to terms with the Cavaliers earlier in the week. Bledsoe is an interesting name because he could be available via trade, and may make sense in a swap for disgruntled point guard Kyrie Irving.

Bledsoe made some interesting comments recently regarding his future with the Suns. Working out with James is only going to intensify rumors.

Cavs reportedly wanted to sign Derrick Rose before Kyrie Irving trade request

Derrick Rose

Reports of the Cleveland Cavaliers having interest in Derrick Rose surfaced right around the time Kyrie Irving supposedly met with the team and asked to be traded, but one apparently did not directly impact the other.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs were interested in signing Rose independent of the situation they are dealing with with Irving. That does not, however, mean the Irving drama was not a factor in Rose’s decision.

Rose has a home in Southern California and spends his summers there. The 28-year-old chose the Cavs over the Los Angeles Lakers because he wants to contend for a title, plus the Lakers would have asked him to play the role of mentor behind rookie Lonzo Ball. With Irving possibly on his way out of Cleveland, Rose has an opportunity to be a big contributor with the Cavs.

Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs have started to engage in trade discussions involving Irving, and that increases the possbility that Rose could have a “significant” role in Cleveland. While he’s coming off yet another knee injury, the point guard is said to be healthy and averaged 18.0 points per game before he went down last season.

If Rose can stay on the court, he could thrive playing alongside LeBron James. Some of the issues Irving has with LeBron as a teammate won’t apply to Rose, especially with how much he has to prove at this point in his career.

Report: Derrick Rose was unwilling to accept bench role with Lakers

The great Allen Iverson once said, “I don’t know any former MVP that come off the bench.” Now Derrick Rose appears to be living by those words as well.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported on Tuesday that the Los Angeles Lakers made a “strong push” for Rose before he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he was unwilling to take on a bench role for them.

The implications here seem to be twofold. For one, it’s further confirmation that the Lakers plan to start and develop No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball right away. For another, it may be evidence that Rose still sees himself as starter-caliber.

Of course, Rose could end up coming off the bench for the Cavs anyway, but he might not have wanted the double whammy of being relegated to the second unit if he wasn’t going to compete for a championship. Then again, there’s the whole Kyrie Irving situation right now in Cleveland, which begs the question of if Rose was promised the starting job before he committed to the Cavs. LeBron James’ reported mindset seems to be fueling those rumors, and only time will tell what role the former All-Star Rose will have in Cleveland.

LeBron James welcomes Derrick Rose, reportedly ‘eager’ for Kyrie Irving to leave

LeBron James

LeBron James seems excited about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ latest signing, and it’s fair to wonder if that excitement has been magnified based on recent events surrounding the team.

Derrick Rose agreed to a one-year deal with Cleveland on Monday, and LeBron was quick to give the point guard a nice big welcome on social media.

Initially, it appeared Rose was going to be a bench player for the Cavs. He is reportedly signing for the veteran minimum of $2.1 million, so that could still be the case. However, Cleveland could have an opening at starting point guard in the very near future with Kyrie Irving wanting to be traded.

According to Joe Vardon of, LeBron is “eager” to see the Cavs trade Irving. James has always gone out of his way to talk publicly about what a special player Irving is, but Kyrie is apparently tired of playing second fiddle to LeBron. Rose, who needs to prove he can stay healthy, is a former NBA MVP who is still only 28. He couldn’t ask for a better opportunity coming off yet another significant knee injury.

There’s no telling if LeBron would have been as excited for the Rose signing before Irving requested a trade, or if the Cavs would have even been interested. But after the report we shared with you about how angry LeBron is at Kyrie, you can understand why he’s excited to usher in a new era.

Derrick Rose will reportedly sign with Cavs

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose met with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, and they did not let the star point guard leave without agreeing to a deal.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports that Rose passed his physical and will sign with the Cavs.

Rose met with the Los Angeles Lakers last week, but he ultimately chose to team up with LeBron James. The 28-year-old is expected to sign for the veteran minimum of $2.1 million.

Rose averaged 18.0 points per game with the New York Knicks last season, but his year was cut short when he suffered yet another significant knee injury. The former NBA MVP underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus and is said to be at full strength heading into offseason workouts.

With Kyrie Irving seemingly on his way out of town, Rose could become a significant contributor for the Cavs if he can stay healthy. That’s a big if.

Report: Derrick Rose ‘leaning toward’ signing with Cavs

Derrick Rose

With Kyrie Irving reportedly wanting the Cavaliers to find a way to trade him, it could make more sense than ever for free agent point guard Derrick Rose to sign with Cleveland.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Rose met with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday but is “leaning toward” signing with the Cavs. The 28-year-old is expected to sit down with Cleveland’s front office on Monday to discuss a possible one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $2.1 million.

Rose averaged 18.0 points per game with the New York Knicks last season, but his year was cut short when he suffered yet another significant knee injury. The former NBA MVP underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus and is said to be at full strength heading into offseason workouts.

There had been speculation that Rose could make around $10 million as a free agent this summer, but he is apparently willing to sign a minimum contract with a contender like the Cavs to prove he can bounce back. While he’d be more suited for a reserve role given his injury history, Rose could get plenty of playing time if Irving is dealt.

Irving supposedly met with the Cavs and asked to be traded weeks ago, so that meeting may have helped spark the mutual interest between Rose and the team. At this point in his career, Rose is not going to feel the way Irving reportedly feels about how LeBron James plays. Assuming he’s actually willing to sign for the veteran minimum, taking a chance on Rose is a no-brainer for Cleveland.

Bulls return also possible for Derrick Rose?

How’s this for an unlikely reunion?

Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports reports on Thursday that in addition to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers being in the mix to sign former MVP point guard Derrick Rose, his agent BJ Armstrong is also having discussions with the Chicago Bulls.

Of course, the 28-year-old Rose, an unrestricted free agent this summer, spent the first eight years of his career in Chicago, catapulting his way into superstardom as a Bull before being derailed by multiple knee injuries.

Though Rose didn’t exactly depart on the greatest of terms, he had said as recently as last year that he wanted to retire in Chicago. One of the supposed causes of Rose’s discontent, Jimmy Butler, is no longer with the Bulls either.

What we do know is the Bulls could use another point guard after releasing Rajon Rondo this offseason, especially if the newly-acquired Kris Dunn goes kaput. Signing with the Cavs or the Lakers might be better for Rose at this stage of his career from a pure basketball standpoint, but don’t underestimate the appeal of a potential homecoming for the ex-All-Star.

Lakers reportedly competing with Cavs to sign Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly closing in on a potential deal with Derrick Rose, but they may need to stave off one final push from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rose has met with a number of teams this offseason, and the Lakers are among them. According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Magic Johnson is still trying to sell Rose on signing with L.A. instead of the Cavs.

Shelburne went on to note than Cleveland is “strongly positioned” to get Rose. The Cavs have very little cap space remaining, so they would likely be looking to sign Rose for close to the veteran minimum.

Rose is still just 28 and is a former NBA MVP, but his health is obviously a major question. He’d have a better chance to contend for a title in Cleveland, though he is likely looking for an opportunity to get as much playing time as possible. If the Cavs see him as a bench player, he could decide to sign with the Lakers.