The Cleveland Cavaliers are considering signing Derrick Rose on a short-term deal, according to reports. The former NBA MVP and All-Star would give the Cavs some additional help, although not necessarily the type of help other teams picked up this summer. Magic Johnson has reiterated that the team is prioritizing signing a veteran point guard to back up and mentor Lonzo Ball. The 28-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, but the 2016-17 season ended in another injury as Rose hit free agency for the first time. The Cavaliers would have to pay about $12 million in taxes on the roughly $2.1 million deal.
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.
Rose had his strongest season in years, putting up 18.0 points per game and 4.4 assists in 64 games for the New York Knicks. He averaged 25 points per game and almost 8 assists per contest. Perhaps the biggest issue for this hypothetical pairing, if it comes to fruition, is the fact that Rose is a bad three-point shooter historically. Apart from re-signing their own, the only outside moves that the Cavs have made is inking Jose Calderon and Jeff Green.