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Derrick Rose to Lakers ‘more likely now,’ per NBA general manager

Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers kicked the tires on a Derrick Rose trade with the Detroit Pistons at the 2020 NBA trade deadline, but a deal wasn’t made for a variety of reasons.

However, one NBA general manager, who spoke to Sean Deveney of Heavy, believes Rose to the Lakers is “more likely” to happen this offseason.

“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 Pistons wanted to make a major move because Derrick was happy there. You know, the Lakers wanted to be involved in case the 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.”

Derrick Rose has one year left on his contract with the Pistons. The former MVP averaged 18.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game for the Pistons in 2019-20 while shooting 49.0 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 87.1 percent from the free throw line.

The Lakers could lose Rajon Rondo this offseason, as he’s expected to test the free agent market. Since Rose has a close relationship with Lakers superstar big man and fellow Chicago native Anthony Davis, Los Angeles general manager Rob Pelinka could make a move to acquire the youngest MVP in NBA history once the 2020 transaction period begins.

Since entering the NBA as the No. 1 overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in 2008, Rose has compiled averages of 18.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists with the Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Pistons.