The White Mamba is back!
The Bulls re-signed fan favorite Brian Scalabrine Monday afternoon to an undisclosed contract.
Scalabrine earned the nickname "The White Mamba" after Kobe Bryant's "Black Mamba" nickname took the basketball world by storm. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward has became very popular during his one year in Chicago and every time he took the court late in the game, fans started "MVP" chants and began deeming his arrival on the hardwood as "The Victory Formation."
Fans will be treated to more of the same in the 2011-12 season.
Scalabrine is a Tom Thibodeau favorite dating back to their Boston days and though he played sparingly (just 4.9 minutes per game in 18 contests last season), he was still a vital part of the Bulls' team chemistry.
Chicago's roster now stands at 12 players, though Rip Hamilton's seemingly impending signing could bump that up very soon.
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.
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.