Derrick Rose: ‘Next time you’ve got to pay me, you’ve got to pay me double’

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Derrick Rose was still on his old-TV-money contract extension in 2015, when players began to reap the rewards of a rapidly escalating salary cap. Then with the Bulls, Rose  brought up his 2017 free agency and expectation that he’d earn a major payday.

Turns out, Rose settled for a one-year minimum contract with the Cavaliers last summer.

Rose, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

“I get a chance to reintroduce myself back to the league. I get to bet on myself. That was one of the reasons I came here, I get to bet on myself. And I’m from Chicago, I’ve got that hustling side; it’s in me, man. Next time you’ve got to pay me, you’ve got to pay me double, so it’s fine with me.”

Rose is earning $2,116,955 this season. Doubling that would put him around the full room exception. Players to receive that last offseason: Ron Baker, Jamal Crawford and Aron Baynes.

I can get behind Rose on this. If he plays well this year, the injury-prone, weak-defensive, poor-outside-shooting point guard might just get the room exception in free agency next summer.