Those hoping for a quick resolution on the Los Angeles Lakers’ courtship with Derrick Rose are out of luck. The New York Knicks free agent guard will have a “face-to-face meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers in coming days,” according to Chris Haynes of ESPN, who adds that Rose is not “expected” to make a decision “until next week.”
The Lakers met with Rose Thursday, and their session reportedly “went well.” The Lakers are looking for a “veteran” point guard to mentor rookie No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball, and Los Angeles has the $4.3 million room exception available to offer Rose. The Cavaliers can only offer Rose the veteran’s minimum.
As of Thursday it also appeared as though the Lakers could offer Rose a bigger role than the Cavaliers, but with Kyrie Irving’s unexpected trade demand, that may no longer be true. It seems Rose is going to take his time and consider his options, which means the Lakers’ free agency efforts will last at least a little while longer.
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here, or listen to our latest episode on Rose below), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.