Lakers Working To Acquire Derrick Rose From Pistons?
Are the Lakers working to acquire Derrick Rose from the Pistons?
Rob Pelinka made it clear recently that the organization was looking for ways to upgrade its roster ahead of the playoffs, so it is a move that would certainly make sense.
Los Angeles came into the season with two major weaknesses to address: point guard and shooting.
Rose would check off one of those two boxes.
LeBron James has served as the Lakers’ primary ballhandler whenever Rajon Rondo is not on the floor, but that is simply not a sustainable way of playing come the postseason.
As superstars like James age, you want to decrease their usage, not increase it.
Rose is having a great year in Detroit, playing 25 minutes per night off the bench.
On the year, he is averaging 16.7 points on 49 percent shooting and six assists per game.
Rose would immediately upgrade LA’s point guard situation, and he would likely come at a cheap price.
In a recent column, Complex agreed that this was a good move for the Lakers to make.
“Not only has D Rose played with LeBron before, but he’s currently putting up over 15 PPG and six assists a night for a pretty bad Detroit Pistons team,” the article noted.
“Rose is also playing on a fairly cheap deal, so it wouldn’t be much of an investment for the Lakers to add the former MVP.”
The Lakers currently sit atop the Western Conference with a 26-7 record, but have struggled against a lot of the top-tier competition they’ve faced like the Los Angeles Clippers.