The trade package Lakers offered for Pistons’ Derrick Rose
According to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers were willing to give up Alex Caruso and draft compensation for Rose:
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. 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.
It’s interesting to think about what the Lakers would have looked like with Rose playing alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. This trio of stars would’ve been a force to be reckoned with, to be sure. However, the deal never came to fruition.
Rose has dealt with injuries throughout his career, but the former No. 1 overall pick is back in playing form now. In his 51 appearances with the Pistons this season (15 starts), the 31-year-old guard has racked up averages of 18.1 points on 49.0 percent shooting from the field (30.6 percent from beyond the arc), 5.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and just under one steal (0.8) in 26.0 minutes per outing.
Though the Lakers stood pat at the deadline, they managed to acquire a pair of solid players in the weeks that followed. In late February, Los Angeles signed Markieff Morris. And earlier this week, the Lakers signed free agent guard Dion Waiters for the remainder of the season.
At 47-13 overall, the Lakers are currently holding the top spot in the Western Conference standings. Let’s see if they can keep their momentum rolling into the postseason.