Earlier on Thursday, Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rose were "in serious talks" on a one-year deal. Whether it will make them a better team or get them over the hump to compete with the dominant Golden State Warriors is another question. However, the Cavs would give Rose an opportunity to play for a real contender - something he hasn't been able to do since his NBA MVP season. If Rose were to sign, it would be at low risk/expectations for the Cavs.
Although, having Rose attack relentlessly off the bench when, say LeBron is resting, is exactly what this team needed last season. The former NBA MVP put up career averages of 19.5 points, six assists, and just under four rebounds per game. In 2016, he was traded to the New York Knicks. While he's nowhere near the caliber of player he once was, he certainly has shown he can still contribute quite a bit to a team such as the Cavaliers. Rose shot a respectable 47 percent from the field, his highest mark since the 2009-10 season. Towards the end of the season, he had to have yet another knee surgery on a torn meniscus.
Rose's career has been scarred by injury to the extent that he said in March he expects only a short-term deal in free agency.