The Detroit Pistons traded Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks with 35 games remaining in the season.
What followed was a master class by the vet on how to take a young, promising team and turn them into a legitimate Eastern Conference powerhouse.
Yes, the Knicks flamed out against the Atlanta Hawks – but they still far exceeded most people’s expectations for them.
The big question now becomes: what does that mean for Rose’s status with the team going forward?
According to NBA insider Evan Massey, two teams are currently in the hunt for Rose.
Those two teams?
The Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers.
“The Knicks would absolutely love to bring (Derrick) Rose back for another year or two,” a source told Massey recently.
“He was a perfect fit and Tom Thibodeau would like to keep him on the roster. However, there will be plenty of other suitors, including the Lakers, who will be looking for a new point guard with Dennis Schroder leaving town. L.A. is a serious threat to land Rose.”
This past year Rose averaged 14.9 points per game on 48.7 percent shooting from the floor and 41.1 percent from beyond the arc. In addition, he also chipped in 4.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds per outing and was an integral part of the Knicks’ march to the playoffs.
As such, replacing him with Rose would be an undeniable upgrade.
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Will it ultimately happen? Time will tell.
Does it make a whole lot of sense for both the Lakers and Knicks to make a serious push for the 32-year-old legend?