Derrick Rose met with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday for three hours as part of his latest free agent pit stop, according to ESPN.
The former MVP will now decide whether he wants to join the rebuilding Lakers or the contending Cleveland Cavaliers — who are reportedly in serious talks with Rose on a possible deal.
ESPN Sources: Derrick Rose completed approximate 3-hour meeting with Los Angeles Lakers. Both sides felt good about it. Deliberation time.
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The Lakers are looking for a veteran point guard to mentor and back up rookie Lonzo Ball.
Rose averaged 18.0 points and 4.4 assists per game while shooting 47.1 percent from the field this past season with the New York Knicks.
ESPN reported earlier in the day that the Cavs are offering Rose a minimum contract of $2.1 million.
Rose and Kyrie Irving could potentially start alongside each other in the backcourt, forming an explosive duo that no opposing defense wants to see.
Los Angeles can pay Rose an annual salary of $4.3 million next season, almost double what the Cavs can offer.
Rose, however, would be coming off the bench in LA and most likely not see playoff basketball for a third straight year.
If Rose is serious about winning, this decision should be a no-brainer for him.
The Cavs are a virtual lock to make it to the Finals out of the East while the Lakers are stuck in the rugged Western Conference.
Sure, he can make more money and live the LA lifestyle, but picking the Cavs is the smart move for Rose’s basketball career moving forward.
The negative narrative surrounding Rose will vanish if he’s winning and playing in meaningful games again. The eight-year veteran has career postseason averages of 23.7 points per game.
Rose could remake himself with the Cavs, have a strong year, and then look for a lucrative free agent deal next summer.