Derrick Rose is in Ohio Monday for a meeting with the Cavaliers, who have reportedly been in “serious talks” with the former Knick and NBA MVP on a one-year, $2.1 million minimum deal, according to ESPN.
Rose also met with the Lakers on Friday, but the free agent reportedly prefers to join LeBron James and a contending team, even if fellow point guard Kyrie Irving sees his recent Cavs trade request fulfilled.
Irving has listed the Knicks as a preferred destination, along with San Antonio, Miami and Minnesota, per ESPN. The Cavs have received multiple proposals for the high-scoring All-Star, but a deal is reportedly not yet in the works.
Irving, who averaged a career-high 25.2 points and 5.8 assists last season, has three years and $60 millon remaining on his contract, along with a 15% trade kicker.
Rose, 28, averaged 18.0 points and 4.4 assists in 64 games with the Knicks last season before undergoing surgery in April to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He was acquired by now-former Knicks president Phil Jackson in a blockbuster trade with Chicago last summer.
The Daily News has reported that Rose’s return to New York is unlikely, according to sources.
The Knicks this month re-signed point guard Ron Baker to a two-year deal after drafting 18-year-old point guard Frank Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick.