When the Cleveland Cavaliers signed Derrick Rose to a one-year $2.1 million contract the Cavs got a value deal, to say the least. Rose was a former MVP with the Chicago Bulls and dynamic point guard in the NBA, but injuries have derailed his career. However, the Cavs are gambling that Rose is more like the player who averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists per game last season with the New York Knicks and less akin to a player who is in the final years of his professional career in the NBA.
While he's not the player he once was, comparing contracts around the league, it's clear that Rose should have received more money. Former NBA player Stephon Marbury agrees. In fact, he doesn't simply agree, he calls Derrick Rose's new deal criminal.
WTF is going on in the NBA. I've watched guys that shouldn't be in the game let alone the money their getting. Drose is a Monster! https://t.co/I93tuBElF6— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) July 27, 2017
Really? A MVP for that amount of money. Not even haters will agree with the price tag https://t.co/qILh14PkQt— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) July 27, 2017
I think it's a crime that Derrick Rose is being paid this amount of money, when you have guys that can't chew gum and walk making more.— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) July 27, 2017
Stephon Marbury has never been shy about sharing his opinion. As a former NBA guard Marbury left the NBA under real controversy.
In an HBO's Real Sports documentary, Marbury, then 37, revealed that his life was spiraling out of control as his NBA career was ending in unspectacular fashion. At one point Marbury considered himself suicidal.
Perhaps it's for these reasons Marbury feels the need to be so vocal and rep a player like Rose who may be reaching the end of his NBA career. There's no indication that Rose is depressed, but he made over $21 million last season. To drop 90% in salary from one year to the next is not a small thing. Still, he reportedly had to take a major pay cut in order to compete with a contender.
In going to bat for Rose, Marbury also made mention of rumors that Rose turned down other offers. If so, Marbury was surprised LeBron James didn't help the veteran get a better deal. Marbury suggests this might be an indication that James is on his way out of Cleveland.
At the end of the day, the decision was Rose's to make. He's going to a team that has a chance to compete and with Kyrie Irving potentially on the way out, will have an opportunity to show what he can still offer an NBA franchise.
Meanwhile, Marbury hasn't played in the NBA since 2009. For the past eight seasons, he's been playing professional basketball in China and is currently a part of the roster for the Beijing Fly Dragons.