Shortly before noon today, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers are in “serious discussions” with former NBA MVP and current New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose.
At this moment, whether or not Rose will be wearing a wine and gold jersey next season is uncertain. As most fans of the team know, the Cavs have limited funds at their disposal ($2.5 million remaining on one mid-level exception) to offer any potential addition.
However, should the two sides reach an agreement, every MVP winner from 2009 through 2016-17 would be a member of the Cavs or Golden State Warriors.
Who are these MVP’s? Cavaliers superstar LeBron James won four over that span of time (2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013). The Warriors can claim two MVP award-winners in that time frame: Stephen Curry, who won the distinguished title twice (2015, 2016), and Kevin Durant, last season’s winner. Who’s left, you ask? That’s right, Derrick Rose, who won league MVP honors with the Chicago Bulls in 2011 for his superb play (25 points on a career-high 37.4% shooting from the field, 7.7 assists, and 4.1 rebounds in 37.4 minutes per game).