After everything the Cavs' organization have been through regarding Kyrie Irving and his trade request, they may have already found his replacement in the form of the 2011 Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, who signed a $2.1 million deal over one year with Cleveland yesterday.
After signing Rose, LeBron James, who was reportedly 'devestated and blindsided' by Irving's request, is now 'eager to see Kyrie off the team', per
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With Kyrie's playing future up in the air with the Cavaliers and Derrick Rose now on the squad, LeBron and Cleveland shouldn't have to worry about their point guard situation next year.
Rose, who is 28 years of age, and should theoretically be hitting his prime if it wasn't for the host of season-ending injuries, is a nice addition to the Cavs, even if they do eventually lose Kyrie. Derrick is still capable of being a solid starter, with limited minutes of course, as he showed with the Knicks last season, posting season averages of 18 points and 4.4 assists per game in 64 contests, all of them starting.
On top of this, if the Cavs can snag another starting PG in a Kyrie trade, Rose may be better served coming off the bench to save himself come playoff time, as Rose has never appeared in a Finals series in his career thus far.
And of course, playing with LeBron James should work as another positive in Rose's favor.
If Cleveland can get a good return from trading Irving, we may be looking at a Cavaliers-Warriors Finals Part 4.