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Rumor: Pistons asking for lottery pick in trade talks for Derrick Rose

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The Detroit Pistons have listened to calls around the league centered on point guard Derrick Rose, but their price remains hefty, asking for a lottery-level first-round draft pick in any return package, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Pistons seem to have garnered more interest in Rose than star center Andre Drummond, who is bound to become a free agent in the summer if Detroit can’t find him a new home by the Feb. 6 deadline.

Asking for a top-14 pick means that Rose’s services are in high demand. The former league MVP is clearly feeling good this season, averaging 18.9 points and 6.0 assists — his best numbers since the 2011-12 season that eventually proved to derail his career as one of the most promising talents in the league. He’s also slated to participate in the Skills Challenge.

Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are in dire need of a true point guard and have even looked at Darren Collison, who could be making an NBA comeback after retiring this past summer.

Rose would take the risk out of that proposition, giving them a proven veteran and one already in midseason shape. The point guard has rebuilt himself as an efficient scorer, shooting a career-high 49.8% from the field and a career-best 52.8% effective field goal percentage.

Should teams want to add Derrick Rose in the next few days, they should come equipped with a high pick to drive a bargain with the struggling Pistons.