The Los Angeles Lakers remained quiet prior to the trade deadline last month, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.
“Meanwhile, sources say the Lakers offered a package involving Alex Caruso and draft compensation for Derrick Rose, which was rejected as the Pistons had set a high value on the former NBA MVP,” he reported. “The Lakers stood pat at the deadline — and VP of basketball operations Rob Pelinka instead upgraded the roster post-deadline. The Lakers remain the No. 1 seed in the West at 47-13.”
There’s no doubt that this would have been a huge move for the Lakers. While Caruso is a fan favorite in Los Angeles, adding Rose would have given the Lakers another premier offensive threat.
Despite suffering multiple serious lower-body injuries throughout his NBA career, Rose has managed to remain a dangerous threat on the offensive side of the court. So far this season, Rose is averaging 18.1 points, 5.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game.
If acquired by the Lakers, he would have been able to serve as a clear scoring option behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
In the end, it’s clear that the two teams could not come to an agreement to get a deal done.
While neither player is quite as talented as Rose, there’s no question that they’ll help the Lakers as they attempt to bring a title to L.A. this season.