Rumor: Pistons’ Derrick Rose not expected to get a buyout
The Pistons got a bunch of calls on Rose at the trade deadline, but were only going to move the former MVP if they got a first round pick in return (h/t SLAM):
“There’s no chance,” Windhorst said on The Hoop Collective Podcast. “[…] From what I understand, when the Lakers called the Pistons and expressed an interest in trading for [him], the Pistons said ‘Hey, we appreciate you calling, but we’re not trading him. Dwane Casey likes him. We think he’s going to be important for us next year.’ He just wasn’t available.”
Rose is averaging 18.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists for Detroit this season. He’s shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 29.8 percent from beyond the arc and 86.2 percent from the free-throw line.
The Pistons won’t make the playoffs this season. However, they are trying to be competitive next season since power forward Blake Griffin will hopefully be back healthy. Detroit must be hoping that Rose and Griffin can lead the Pistons to the playoffs in 2020-21.
Derrick Rose signed a two-year deal with Detroit this past summer in free agency. Detroit’s vice chairman is Arn Tellem, who used to be Rose’s agent. It’s clear that Rose is comfortable with the Pistons despite the team’s terrible record. They are only 19-40 on the season.