While many see the Derrick Rose signing as a response to Kyrie Irving’s recent trade request, Irving’s teammate Richard Jefferson provided some poignant insight on his podcast recently.
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Former NBA player Stephon Marbury, in the twilight of a prolific career in China, said that former MVP Derrick Rose was wronged by the amount of money he received to sign with the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Rose, hampered with ongoing knee injuries over the last five seasons, joined the Cavs on just a one-year deal worth a little over $2 million — a dramatic pay cut from the max deal he once had with the Chicago Bulls and the $21 million he made with the New York Knicks last season. Still, Rose made it clear in previous interviews that he was chasing a championship, not dollar signs, which is why he ultimately chose Cleveland over a more lucrative deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nevertheless, Marbury still thought Rose was robbed, and that LeBron James should have done more than recruit him —