At one time, Derrick Rose was cruising towards becoming one of the NBA's highest-paid players.
Not any longer.
The point guard agreed to terms with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year, $2.1 million deal - otherwise known as the veterans minimum - on Tuesday. That's quite a fall from grace for the 2011 MVP.
To be fair, the 28-year-old could have pocketed more if he signed with a number of other teams, but he prioritzed winning this offseason.
Either way, for a guy coming off his best offensive season (18 points per game on 47 percent shooting) since 2012, the low salary is somewhat of a surprise.
To contextualize the deal, here's a look at former Bulls teammates who will bring home more bacon next season:
Player | 2017-2018 salary | 2016-2017 points per game | 2016-2017 rebounds per game | 2016-2017 assists per game
Jimmy Butler | $19.3 million | 23.9 points | 6.2 rebounds | 5.5 assists
Joakim Noah | $17.8 million | 5.0 points | 8.8 rebounds | 2.2 assists
Luol Deng | $17.1 million | 7.6 points | 5.3 rebounds | 1.3 assists
Pau Gasol | $16 million | 12.4 points | 7.8 rebounds | 2.3 assists
Taj Gibson | $14 million | 10.8 points | 6.2 rebounds | 0.9 assists
Omer Asik | $10.6 million | 2.7 points | 5.3 rebounds | 0.5 assists
Tom Thibodeau | $10 million | 24.2 "ice" yells per game
Tony Snell | $9.9 million | 8.5 points | 3.1 rebounds | 1.2 assists
E'Twaun Moore | $8.4 million | 9.6 points | 2.1 rebounds | 2.2 assists
Cristiano Felicio | $7.8 million | 4.8 points | 4.7 rebounds | 0.6 assists
D.J. Augustin | $7.2 million | 7.9 points | 1.5 rebounds | 2.7 asssists
Kyle Korver | $7.8 million |10.1 points | 2.8 rebounds | 1.6 assists
Marco Belinelli | $6.6 million | 10.5 points | 2.4 rebounds | 2.0 assists
Justin Holiday | $4.6 million | 7.7 points | 2.7 rebounds | 1.2 assists
Doug McDermott | $3.3 million | 9.0 points | 2.7 rebounds | 0.9 assists
* We're not sure the exact salary of Brian Scalabrine, but the Big 3 may be paying him more than $2.1 million. *
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.
Derrick Rose has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and completed his physical exam today, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 24, 2017
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.
🌹 🌹 🌹🌹🌹 Let's Rock G!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 24, 2017