The Cavaliers have had a tumultuous offseason, the team fired General Manager David Griffin, Kyrie Irving wants to be traded, and Lebron James is in the final year of his contract, and might leave at the end of this season. Even with this chaotic offseason, the Cavs signed former MVP point guard, Derrick Rose. Rose maybe the newest member of the organization, but he will not help them in their pursuit of the Warriors, or be able to be a suitable replacement for Kyrie Irving if the Cavs trade him.
The Cavaliers signed Rose to a one-year contract that is worth $2.1 million dollars. The Cavs signed him to a very cheap contract for a former MVP. Rose averaged 18.0 points per game, grabbed 3.8 rebounds, and averaged 4.4 assists per game.
The problem for Rose is can he stay healthy? Rose was a dominant player before he tore his ACL in 2010. Rose’s NBA career has been shortened due to being injury prone.
When healthy though, Rose can add some much-needed bench scoring for the Cavs. One of the biggest weaknesses the Cavs had, was their bench scoring. Rose can be the sixth man for the Cavaliers. However, if he is asked to be the starting point guard for the Cavs. He may be successful, but much like Irving. Rose is an offensively focused player, who does not play defense well.
Rose may have his best season yet, because he will be playing with Lebron James. James makes all his teammates better. James helps space the floor which will allow Rose, to have more room to operate. Rose is primarily a perimeter and paint scorer. His scoring opportunities should increase.
Rose does not help the Cavaliers compete with the Warriors. Rose will add some scoring punch off the bench, but he does not help the Cavs play better defense. The Cavs defensive weakness is the main reason they did not beat the Warriors in the 2016-2017 NBA Finals. The Cavs need to add a defensive specialist to really challenge the Warriors. The Rose acquisition does help the Cavs, to continue to be a top team in the Eastern Conference.