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Report: Derrick Rose In “Serious Talks” With Cavs For 1-Year Deal

Derrick Rose is in “serious talks” to sign a one-year deal with the Cavaliers, per a new report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Per the report, Rose has also met with the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.

The former league MVP spent the 2016-17 season with the New York Knicks, where he averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 64 games. For his career, Rose is averaging 19.5 points and six assists per game.

The deal would make Rose the back-up point guard behind Kyrie Irving. Per ESPN’s report, the Cavs would offer Rose a minimum contract of $2.1 million.

So would the acquisition of Rose improve the Cavs’ chances to return to their fourth straight NBA Finals?

“The Cavs are going to be favored to do that whether they close this deal with Derrick Rose or not,” Windhorst said this morning on WKNR’s “The Really Big Show.”

Perhaps more importantly, the question on everyone’s minds will be whether the acquisition of Rose would be enough to keep LeBron James in Cleveland beyond the 2017-18 season.

“LeBron really wants to be successful in Cleveland, that’s why he came back, that’s why he raised the banner,” Windhorst said. “Whether the Cavs are doing enough, we’ll see.”

Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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