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Cleveland Cavaliers finalize one-year deal with former MVP Derrick Rose

By The Sports Xchange
Cleveland Cavaliers finalize one-year deal with former MVP Derrick Rose
Former New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose leaps under the basket to pass the basketball in the second quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 2, 2016. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Free agent point guard Derrick Rose signed one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal will be for the veteran minimum salary of $2.1 million, multiple media outlets reported on Monday.

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"We are very excited to be able to add a player of Derrick's caliber and experience to the team," newly named general manager Koby Altman said in a statement. "Derrick could have gone to a number of other teams, but his specific mindset, goals and total focus and commitment to winning are what resulted in him signing with the Cavaliers. We are confident he will be a very good fit with our organization and we look forward to the many ways he will contribute to the team."

Rose met with Altman and other Cavs officials on Monday, just three days after meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers. He passed medical exams with Cavs doctors, Cleveland.com reported.

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"I have a single focus and purpose of wanting to play to win," Rose said in a statement. "Being part of a roster and organization that shares that type of commitment and being able to play with the Cavaliers and compete for a championship is the only thing that matters for me. I am very happy to be in Cleveland and look forward to getting to work."

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Rose, 28, averaged 18 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists on 47 percent shooting from the field in 64 games for the New York Knicks last season. He 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.

Rose had season-ending knee surgery in April but has recovered and settled for a short-term deal in free agency.

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A source close to Rose told Cleveland.com last week that the 2011 NBA MVP liked Cleveland because of the opportunity to reach the NBA Finals next season.

Rose could be paired with LeBron James as a potential replacement for Kyrie Irving, who asked the Cavaliers to trade him during a recent meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert.

The Cavaliers have been getting multiple trade calls and offers for Irving in recent days but do not yet have traction on a possible deal, ESPN reported Monday.

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