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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.

Report: Derrick Rose in ‘serious talks’ to join Cavs

Derrick Rose

The Cleveland Cavaliers have not done a whole lot this offseason, but that could change if they sign one of the best free agent point guards remaining on the market.

Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN are reporting that the Cavs are in “serious” discussions with Derrick Rose about a one-year contract.

Several teams have expressed interest in Rose this offseason. While it’s impossible to predict whether or not he will remain healthy, Rose is still just 28. His talent and game-changing ability are undeniable, so it’s no surprise there are a handful of teams that are willing to give him a shot.

When he’s at his best, Rose is a floor general who creates offense with the ball in his hands. Since Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are similar in that sense, it would be interesting to see how the three players would mesh.

The most recent report we heard about LeBron is troubling for Cavs fans. Adding a former NBA MVP could cheer King James up for the time being.

Report: Bucks, Derrick Rose still have not met

Derrick Rose

The Milwaukee Bucks have interest in Derrick Rose, but it doesn’t seem to be going any further than that for the moment.

According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports, the Bucks and Rose have yet to meet despite their ongoing mutual interest.

Rose does not seem to be in any hurry to make a free agent decision. A number of teams have been linked to him, with the Bucks outright confirming their own interest. As of this point, though, Rose does not appear to have had any substantial negotiations or come particularly close to signing with any interested party.

Jason Kidd confirms mutual interest between Bucks, Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Point guard Derrick Rose and the Milwaukee Bucks have mutual interest, according to coach Jason Kidd.

Kidd told NBC Milwaukee’s Lance Allan that the two sides were interested in making a deal.

It doesn’t sound like things are much further along than that at this point, but it obviously means something if Kidd is prepared to go on the record with it.

Milwaukee is one of several teams that has registered interest in Rose. The point guard may have to settle for a short-term deal with a rebuilding project.

Mavs reportedly serious contenders for Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Could a move to the Western Conference be in the works for Derrick Rose?

The New York Post’s Marc Berman says Thursday that the Dallas Mavericks, despite their selection of Dennis Smith Jr. with the No. 9 overall pick in this year’s draft, are a “serious contender” to sign the former MVP point guard.

The 28-year-old Rose, who averaged 18.0 points and 4.4 assists per game for the New York Knicks last season, has also been drawing interest from elsewhere in the West lately. A return to the Knicks remains possible as well.

Smith is likely too raw as a pure point guard to start for the Mavs right away, and there’s an argument to be made that continuing to run the offense through Harrison Barnes alone lacks dimension. Rose does come with his baggage, but any veteran who can score and create would be useful in Dallas.

Derrick Rose will reportedly meet with Clippers

Derrick Rose

The Los Angeles Clippers are leaving no stone unturned with their backcourt now that Chris Paul has been traded. Next up? Derrick Rose.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that Rose is scheduled to meet with the Clippers.

There’s still a good chance that Rose could return to the New York Knicks, but money will likely be a factor. Rose has a unique market in that he is a former NBA MVP and is only 28. While that looks good on paper, he has suffered multiple major knee injuries and is coming off a torn meniscus that cut his 2016-2017 season short.

If some team is willing to pay Rose a hefty salary in hopes that he can remain healthy and bounce back, the Knicks will likely move on. The Clippers probably aren’t going to overpay for him, either.

Rose is not the first veteran point guard who has been linked to the Clippers in the wake of Paul’s departure. With Patrick Beverley — who was part of the Paul trade — likely to be the team’s starting point guard, L.A. is searching for depth at this point.