Derrick Rose (NewsDay)

Derrick Rose has went through numerous roller coaster rides throughout his time in the NBA, but could choosing the Cavaliers rejuvenate his career and put him back in hall-of-fame talks?

After two weeks of silence, Derrick Rose’s name is finally include in this summer’s free agency frenzy. Ironically, Kyrie Irving reportedly requested for a trade the same week…

This past few days, Rose heard from the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. All three teams called Rose’s agent BJ armstrong about his possibility in joining their teams. Rose was completely linked to the Bucks for a couple of days until the Lakers and Cavs joined along.

The Bucks seem to be out of luck on Rose because of all of the bad contracts spread on their team. Milwaukee still has not found a way to shed contracts in order to get the veteran point guard they need to help groom their sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon.

According to ESPN, the Lakers met with Rose for approximately three hours. However, would Rose accept a bench role behind the Lakers pop star Lonzo Ball? No. Rose clearly stated that he wants to win in his edit interview with the New York Knicks. Los Angeles can offer Rose around 4.3-5.1 million dollars.

Rose on Free Agency: 

“Not even thinking money. I’ve got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I’ll be all right,” Rose told reporters in Utah on Wednesday night. “I want to win. I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I’m at.

Cleveland met with Rose earlier today and is reportedly engaged on signing with the Cavaliers.


Rose has been engaged in serious discussions on a one-year, $2.1 million minimum deal with the Cavaliers.


Rose and the Cavs front office are discussing a one year contract that will make him a free agent in 2018. Cleveland is only offering Rose around $2.1 million, but winning is more important than dollars at this point in his career.

Other than Los Angeles, the Cavs can offer Rose a starting spot on a championship team. Rose could be the starting point guard in Cleveland after the reported story came out on Kyrie Irving requesting a trade out, stemming from how LeBron handles the ball too much and the friction in the front office.

So, does Rose choose LA or Cleveland?

Lakers:  Offering more money, better for business (marketing & brands) and a better lifestyle, but comes with accepting a bench role behind big baller Lonzo.

Cavaliers: Less money, guaranteed starting spot, championship contender, playing with LeBron James, and finally… a chance to play in the finals for the first time in his career.

If Rose wants to win, he will choose the Cavaliers. LeBron James has been to the finals seven straight times and Rose would get a chance to play alongside the best player in the world. Not only would he get a chance to play in the finals, but he could put his name back in hall of fame talks in the near future.

If Rose just wants the money and his lifestyle, he would choose Los Angeles.

So it comes down to this, as always: Money vs. Winning.

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