After winning their 17th championship in franchise history, tying the NBA record for most championships by a franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers put together a fantastic offseason. Instead of settling with what they had, they were able to acquire Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell, and Marc Gasol, solidifying themselves as the favorites to once again win the NBA Finals.
So far this season, the Lakers continue to look like the best team in the league, but may not be one in their quest to continue adding talent around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
GM Rob Pelinka is always looking for ways to better the Lakers’ franchise and as a result, they could be a team that looks to add one or two more talented, veteran players near the trade deadline in their pursuit for back-to-back championships.
One name that has popped up a lot in NBA trade rumors around the league and is reportedly available for the right price is former league MVP Derrick Rose. For years now, Rose has been trying to build himself back into a reliable, high-level player after suffering some gruesome knee injuries over the course of his career.
While it took some time, Minnesota and Detroit have given him a chance these last two seasons and he has proven that he can still contribute to any team in the NBA. In the last two seasons with Minnesota and Detroit, Derrick Rose has played in 101 games and has averaged 18.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and shot 48.6% from the floor.
While he is not the NBA MVP-caliber player he once was, Derrick Rose can still contribute at a high-level and can make a difference for the Lakers both on and off the court as a veteran leader.
If the opportunity comes their way, the Lakers would absolutely explore opportunities on how to add Rose to their current roster. Let’s take a look at 3 trades that would potentially send Derrick Rose to the Los Angeles Lakers.