Report: Sixers’ Zhaire Smith mentioned in possible trade packages for Pistons’ Derrick Rose
The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly interested in acquiring Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose ahead of the NBA’s Feb. 6 trade deadline and they might have to give up young guard Zhaire Smith to acquire him.
According to Jabari Young of CNBC, Smith was being mentioned in possible packages for Rose:
Other sellers on the market include the New York Knicks, who have put out feelers on forward Marcus Morris. Also, Sixers guard Zhaire Smith was being mentioned in possible packages for Pistons guard Derrick Rose, an Eastern Conference league executive said.
Rose is averaging 18.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 44 games for the Pistons this season. He’s shooting 49.8 percent from the field, 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 85.9 percent from the free-throw line.
The Sixers are looking for another ball-handler to run the offense when Ben Simmons goes to the bench. Rose fits that bill.
However, the Pistons are said to be interested in keeping Rose since he’s on a value contract and is a good veteran to have in the locker room. The former MVP recently said he doesn’t want to be traded.
The Sixers are 31-19 on the season. They are in sixth place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference standings, but currently on a two-game losing streak. The Sixers are in Miami on Monday to face old friend Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat.
Rose is missing Monday’s game due to injury. The Pistons will likely lose to the Memphis Grizzlies without Rose, who has been Detroit’s best offensive player this season.