The Los Angeles Clippers are in a very awkward position as a franchise because they not only have one of the older rosters in the NBA, but they also do not have a lot of draft picks over the course of the next few years. This could prompt them to pursue trade targets like Detroit Pistons’ Derrick Rose to pair with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
They have invested so much into Leonard and George that Clippers’ management expects a championship over the next few years. As seen last year, these two were not enough to get out of the Western Conference Semi-Finals, and targeting a player like Derrick Rose may be what they need to challenge the Los Angeles Lakers atop the Western Conference.
Rose has been trying to get back to playing at the high-level over the years and has seemed to find success the last two years with Minnesota and Detroit. Over the last two seasons, Rose has played in 101 games and has averaged 18.1 points, 5.0 assists and has shot 48.6% from the floor and 33.8% from three-point range.
While he is not the player he once was, Derrick Rose can still contribute at a high-level and can make a difference for the Clippers. With the addition of Derrick Rose, they not only get another scoring threat who is often under-played by opponents, but someone who can be a great third option next to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
In 2011, Derrick Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history and still has a lot to give to any team willing to invest in him. While they are still a championship contender for this upcoming season, adding Rose to this roster could be the difference maker for the Clippers offense and be the x-factor for them to make the NBA Finals.
Here are three reasons the Los Angeles Clippers should consider trading for Derrick Rose.