Rose, Cavs in talks on one-year deal

Derrick Rose after a rough season in New York could be on his way to join Le Bron in Cleveland

Former Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is in "serious" talks with the Cavs about a one-year deal.

Like the Warriors dealt with in the re-signing of Zaza Pachulia to a minimum deal, the luxury tax implications will be massive if Rose signs with Cleveland. The guard said he was interested in returning and former team president Phil Jackson raved about him after his end-of-season interview. However, the Cavs would give Rose an opportunity to play for a real contender - something he hasn't been able to do since his NBA MVP season. Since then, Rose's impact has been limited - he averaged 18 points per game for NY last season, but he was a relatively inefficient shooter and remains unable to hit from 3-point range.

However, Rose is a liability on defense, so the Cavs won't gain anything on that end of the court when he replaces Kyrie Irving in the lineup. He ranked second among guards in scoring in the paint last season, averaging a career-best 10.1 points. If Rose joined Milwaukee, he would be teamed up with Giannis Antetokonmpo, Khris Middleton, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon. The Bulls are in a full rebuild and they already have three point guards who can't hit treys, so adding another would be a head-scratching move. Still, most players would probably prefer joining a top contender such as Cleveland or Golden State with an immediate shot to win the title. Plenty of baggage. But he is Derrick Rose, and he presumably would need to be approved by LeBron James.

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