Former Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (C) drives on Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (L). Rose, a free agent, has a meeting Monday with the Cavaliers. File Photo by David Banks/UPI | License Photo
July 24 (UPI) -- Rumors of a one-year deal have turned into Derrick Rose having a meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
League sources told ESPN the 2010-11 NBA MVP will meet with team officials Monday in Ohio. According to the report, Rose and the Cavaliers have been discussing a one-year, $2.1 million deal. The former Chicago Bulls star met with the Los Angeles Lakers last week, but league sources told ESPN that he is "leaning toward" the Cavaliers.
Rose, 28, was the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He had his best season since 2011 last year in his one-year stint for the New York Knicks. Last year, Rose posted 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.
But Rose, who has been historically hampered by the injury bug, had his 2016 season end with an April knee injury. He is now recovered and preparing for next season.
His visit comes at an interesting time for the Cavaliers, after star point guard Kyrie Irving reportedly asked for a trade.
Rose is a three-time All-Star. Irving averaged a career-best 25.2 points and 5.8 assists last season. While Rose is a free agent, Irving still has three years and $60 million left on his contract.
Sources told the New York Daily News that it is "unlikely" Rose will return to New York. Rose has also gained interest from the Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks this summer, according to the Daily News.
Irving, who doesn't have a no-trade clause in his contract, has listed the Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves as his favorite potential landing spots, according to reports.