LeBron James invites Derrick Rose to work out in Las Vegas, report says

LeBron James and Derrick Rose will be heading to Las Vegas to work out together as teammates, ESPN.com reported.

James extended the invitation to Rose, who accepted. The pair could work out as early as Wednesday, according to the report.

James is already in Sin City on vacation and doing workouts on his own.

The timing comes a day after Rose signed a one-year contract with the Cavaliers after spending last season with the Bulls.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are still trying to deal with Kyrie Irving, who has requested to be traded from the team so he wouldn’t be in James’ shadow.

Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, who has been tied to the trade talks with Irving, has also agreed to meet James and Rose for workouts in Las Vegas.

In terms of basketball, Rose is still solid as an attacker with the ball in his hands. He finished in the top 20 among all players in terms of possessions in the pick-and-roll (7.5 per game) and scored at a rate of 0.90 points per possession in such situations, not far behind the likes of Jimmy Butler (0.91), Goran Dragic (0.93) and C.J. McCollum (0.94). Rose also averaged 10.1 points per game in the paint, tied with Russell Westbrook for the third-best mark among NBA guards behind DeMar DeRozan (10.3) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (13.1).

He’s not 2010-11 Derrick Rose — and he never will be again — but he did enjoy a bit of a resurgence last season with the Knicks in the scoring (18.0 points per game, highest since 2011-12) and efficiency (47.1 field-goal percentage, highest since 2009-10 and 47.7 effective field-goal percentage, highest since 2011-12) departments. Running Rose out with the second unit as a playmaker could benefit the Cavs’ Big Three down the road, allowing them to get precious rest (particularly James, who led the league in minutes at 32 years old).

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