According to a recent report, one target for the Lakers could be former MVP Derrick Rose.
“I think both sides were reluctant when they went into in January, February,” one general manager told Heavy.com. “I don’t think the Lakers wanted to make a major move because they thought they could do something on the buyout market. And I don’t think the [Detroit] Pistons wanted to make a major move because Derrick was happy there. You know, the Lakers wanted to be involved in case the [Los Angeles] Clippers got involved or someone else, the Bucks or the Nuggets, whoever. So there was interest but not too serious. Now, everything has shifted a little. Now, they’re both in a position to where a deal is much more likely now.”
Ultimately, a deal did not get done.
It will be interesting to see what kind of package the Lakers would put together this offseason to get the former MVP in L.A.
Rose is nowhere near the dominant force he was prior to his multiple injuries, but he is still a valuable offensive weapon. Last season, Rose averaged 18.1 points and 5.6 assists per game and shot 49.0 percent from the field. He did all that while averaging just 26.0 minutes of playing time per game.
If the Lakers do end up acquiring Rose, there’s little doubt that they’d only improve their chances of winning the 2021 NBA title.