Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has invited his teammates to come train with him in Santa Barbara, Calif., for pre-camp work, and according to ESPN reporter Dave McMenamin, new Cavs point guard Derrick Rose is “killing it.”
Appearing on The Jump, McMenamin said Rose has already impressed his new teammates and added that LeBron has “taken a vested interest in Rose so he can get that next contract.”
Rose signed a one year, $2.1 million deal to join the Cavs after playing with the New York Knicks last season. The youngest MVP in league history had a tumultuous year in the Big Apple, but he did multiple good things on the offensive end that make him an exciting fit next to LeBron, Kevin Love and the rest of the Cavs’ roster.
As the third offensive option in New York, Rose averaged 18.0 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the field. He shot 55.7 percent on shots at the rim and ranked fourth in the NBA in points off of drives — scoring 8.2 a game.
With Isaiah Thomas still recovering from his hip injury, Rose will begin the season as the Cavs’ starting point guard, a role he could flourish in now that he’s back in a winning environment.
“When I get on a good team and I’m still hooping the same way, what are you going to say then?” Rose told the AP in August. “The only thing you’ll say is that I can still play.”
During his promotional trip in China, Rose was asked by fans why he joined the Cavs and the three-time All-Star said, “I want that feeling back again, the joy of winning.”
Until he got to New York, Rose has been a winner his entire basketball life, dating all the way back to his legendary AAU days. The losing and dysfunction with the Knicks clearly took a toll on Rose, who didn’t look like he enjoyed the game anymore.
It’s why Cleveland is the perfect place for Rose to silence the critics and remind everyone how valuable he is on the big stage. More notably as far as LeBron and the Cavs are concerned, in Rose’s last three games against the Golden State Warriors, spanning from 2014-17, he is averaging 29 points per game.