It's currently a make-or-break year for Derrick Rose with the Cleveland Cavaliers after he signed a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the team during this past offseason.
Six years ago, this kind of deal for the point guard wouldn't have been thought of, as he was just coming off an MVP season with the Chicago Bulls, giving him the opportunity to make big money in the NBA.
However, injuries and a couple of years later, Rose is in a completely different boat than what many expected him to be in. Last season with the New York Knicks did not go as planned, which is why he finds himself in this situation with the Cavaliers.
While the $2.1 million is a figure far from the amount of money people who were watching Rose play six years ago thought he would be making today, the man himself sees this season as an opportunity to showcase to Cleveland and the rest of the league that he still has what it takes.
The 29-year-old said, according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin: "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."
Helping the Cavaliers try and win another NBA Championship is just the platform which Rose needs in order to showcase to the team and to the rest of the league that he deserves to be given another big contract.
For example, Matthew Dellavedova signed a four-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks worth a little over $38.4 million after he was part of Cleveland's NBA Finals win in 2016.
Rose will likely be the starting point guard for the Cavaliers for the first half of the season, and possibly beyond depending on the injury situation of Isaiah Thomas. This provides him with the perfect opportunity to prove himself, so long as he remains consistent with his performances and free from injury.