Derrick Rose signing with Cavaliers on one-year deal
Unlike Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose is committed to the Cavaliers for next season.
With rumors swirling on future status of Irving, Rose has committed to sign with the Cavaliers and completed his physical exam Monday, his agent confirmed Monday. The news was first reported by The Vertical.
Jeff Green, Jose Calderon, Kyle Korver, Cedi Osman, and now the 2011 NBA MVP have agreed to join the Eastern Conference champions this offseason after near-misses for Jimmy Butler and Paul George in the trade market.
Rose, 28, averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 64 games with the Knicks last season before undergoing season-ending knee surgery in April. While he still has scoring ability, his health and playing style have made it difficult to find a match this offseason.
Rose will join the Cavaliers on a one-year, $2.1 million minimum deal, according to ESPN, a near-perfect contract for the cash-strapped Cavs.
The drafting of former Alabama tight end O.J. Howard in the first round was a monstrous boon to both Martin and Winston. He’ll dominate as a blocker, and as he’s eased in a little more as a receiver, he has the size and athleticism to play well off Evans and Jackson downfield. He poses another tall matchup nightmare, one that Austin Seferian-Jenkins could never provide despite his upside. Howard’s immediate floor is high, and his ceiling is elite All-Pro.
The Bucs already had a pretty good receiving tight end in Cameron Brate. Howard should be fully expected to be the in-line starter, but Brate won’t be forgotten in frequent double tight end sets, especially in the red zone when it’s time to pound Martin and work the middle with big bodies in the passing game. Koetter can toggle from three wide to two tight and not limit Winston in any way. The Bucs’ quarterback is too loaded to fail.