Jimmy Butler named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Jimmy Butler named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Jimmy Butler and Steph Curry were named the NBA Players of the Week, as announced Monday afternoon.

Butler ā€” the Eastern Conference choice ā€” responded to trade rumors by averaging 38 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game as he led the Bulls to wins over the Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. 

The Bulls superstar scored 52 points against the Hornets (the first 50-point showing in the United Center by a Bull since some dude named Michael Jordan in 1997) and also added 20 points against the Cavs and 42 against the Raptors Saturday night.

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Butler made 42 of his 46 free throw attempts over the course of the week, chipping in seven steals, a block and eight threes.

Curry, meanwhile, took home the Western Conference Player of the Week honors after he averaged 31.8 points last week as the Golden State Warriors went 3-1. 

On the season, Butler is averaging a career-high 25.6 points per game to go along with 6.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.8 steals.

He has improved his points-per-game average in all six of his NBA seasons.

Derrick Rose to sign with Cavaliers

Derrick Rose to sign with Cavaliers

Derrick Rose is headed to Cleveland. 

According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the former Bulls point guard committed to sign with the Cavaliers on Monday, joining a team on the heels of three straight NBA Finals appearances. 

Although the numbers haven't been made official, the contract will likely be a one-year deal worth about $2.1 million. It's a low-risk move for the Cavs, who are signing a point guard with quite a history of injuries. 

Rose, 28, had a bit of a resurgence on the offensive end last year. He posted 18 points per game, which was his highest average since 2011-2012, and he shot 47 percent from the field. While his defense continues to be lackluster, the 2011 MVP gives the Cavs' second unit a scoring boost. 

The signing also raises more Kyrie Irving questions. Irving requested a trade late last week, indicating Rose may be pushed into a more prominent role. 

Rose battled LeBron James in several playoffs. Now, the Chicago kid will try to win alongside The King. 

Report: Derrick Rose leaning toward Cavaliers over Lakers

Report: Derrick Rose leaning toward Cavaliers over Lakers

The latest Derrick Rose report says the 28-year-old guard will end up teaming up with LeBron James.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Rose is leaning toward signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Los Angeles Lakers. Discussions have been for a one-year, $2.1 million deal.

The free agent guard is meeting with Cavs officials in Ohio on Monday, according to Woj.

Rose's decision to sign with the Cavs makes more sense than the Lakers, especially after last week's report that Kyrie Irving requested a trade out of Cleveland. A minimum deal for Rose would also be a steal for the Cavs, who are seeking some solid production at a low cost.

In 64 games last season with the New York Knicks, Rose averaged 18 points, his best since the 2011-12 season with the Bulls.