One-year, $2.1 million for Rose

July 26, 2017
New York Knicks' Derrick Rose.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP):

Derrick Rose's goal is to win an NBA championship. He's a little closer to one. The free-agent guard signed a one-year contract yesterday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that has blocked his path to a title before and one that needs him now more than ever.

Rose is getting a one-year, $2.1 million deal - the veteran's minimum, and all Cleveland could offer - from the Cavaliers, who now have a possible replacement for Kyrie Irving. Rose gives the Cavs a proven player to handle point-guard duties if they choose to trade Irving, who recently told the team he wants to be dealt despite making it to three straight NBA Finals.

And while Rose is taking a substantial pay cut (he made $21.3 million last season in New York), he's focused on one thing.

"I have a single focus and purpose of wanting to play to win," he said. "Being part of a roster and organisation 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."

The Cavaliers' pursuit of Rose seemed somewhat puzzling before Irving's demands became public. The All-Star guard, whose three-pointer in the waning moments of Game 7 of the 2016 Finals gave Cleveland its first sports championship in 52 years, has reportedly grown tired of playing alongside LeBron James and wants to be the focal point for another team.

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