The NBA trade deadline is just 3 weeks away. With that comes a whole host of rumours and murmurs from around the association. Some teams are looking to strengthen their rosters to push for postseason success, whilst others are content becoming sellers and are looking to the future.
Many media outlets have suggested that the Los Angeles Lakers may be looking for further depth at the point guard position. We did cover various options, as well as forward possibilities, in our previous article here.
The same media outlets are labeling the Detroit Pistons “sellers”. In-fact, it’s got to the point where it’s believed that they will conduct a “fire sale” and halt for the season. Entering tanking mode. Especially following the decision to shut Blake Griffin down indefinitely.
The Pistons appear to be actively shopping Andre Drummond, who has a $28.7 million player option on his contract for next season. But it is believed that he could potentially test free-agency.
However, in terms of the Lakers, it isn’t Drummond that catches the eye. Instead, it’s former MVP Derrick Rose that does.
Whispers around the league are suggesting that Rose to the Lakers could be gaining traction. Also, Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report included in his trade deadline predictions that such move could be made.
Derrick Rose needs no introduction at all. Especially from his antics in a Chicago Bulls jersey. Although, his time in Chicago did come to an end in 2016 and since he has bounced around the NBA, with the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Detroit Pistons.
Rose has featured in 36 of the Pistons’ 42 games so far this season. His averages, in just 25.8 minutes per game are; 18.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 5.8 assists, on 49% shooting. Is the 31-year-old back to his old self?
Well, it appears so. He is averaging the most points and assists since the 2011/12 season. Plus, he’s currently riding a streak of scoring 20+ points in the last 7 consecutive games. Even though there are injury concerns, Rose would fit a need for the Lakers, 100 per cent.
LeBron James and Derrick Rose both featured on the same roster in Cleveland back in 2017, but that was short lived. Rose played in just 16 games, suffered numerous injuries, and left the team due to personal reasons.
The 31-year-old guard is most certainly a different player nowadays though. He’s a more willing passer and has re-found that scoring touch from his earlier years. In limited minutes too. He has hit 20+ points on 17 occasions this season. He has also passed the 10-assist mark on 2 occasions.
Rose is on a tradable contract of $7.3 million, including $7.6 million for next season. Fitting in with the Lakers’ 2-year time frame of chasing a Championship. In addition, those contract numbers make it a lot easier to match salaries.
However, even though the Lakers do have a 1st round draft pick incoming this season. They are unable to trade it, due to the Anthony Davis deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, who own the majority of the Lakers’ picks moving forward. The next 2nd-round pick that the purple and gold own is in 2023.
Some additional moves may have to be made to gain some assets to trigger such a trade for Rose. Unless a haul of players, including Kyle Kuzma most likely, could tempt the Pistons, who will have a high price on Rose. And rightly so.
If the Lakers do trade on 2/3 players, whether it be for Rose or another player, it would instantly bring in an option to strengthen the roster. Whilst also opening up spots to test the free-agency/buy-out market. That’s where the likes of Darren Collison and Andre Iguodala come into play, among others.
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