Los Angeles Lakers Receive: G Derrick Rose
Detroit Pistons Receive: G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G Alex Caruso, LAL 2024 2nd Round Pick
As a result of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope just signing a contract this offseason, he is unable to be traded until Feb. 20 at the earliest, which is fine because the Lakers would likely hold off on making any trades until the NBA trade deadline in March.
While KCP and Caruso were two key role players for the Lakers in their championship run last season, Derrick Rose is a better overall talent that both of these guys and brings more to the table given his experiences during his 11-year career. Whether it was battling through adversity or proving that he can still play in this league, Rose has the grit to be a key contributor on a championship roster.
From the Detroit Pistons perspective, it was just announced Wednesday morning that rookie guard Killian Hayes suffered a labral tear in his hip and could wind up missing 4-6 weeks. As a result, Derrick Rose will probably have a bigger role moving forward for Detroit, which could improve his value on the trade market.
Getting KCP, Caruso and a future second-round pick for Rose could be beneficial to the Detroit Pistons for a couple of reasons. Not only are KCP and Caruso two very experienced guards, but they have a championship pedigree. They know what it takes to make a legit playoff and championship push, which could be beneficial to the young players as a part of the Pistons organization.
Not to mention, both guys make their presence felt during a game in their own ways. Caldwell-Pope is an above-average jump shooter and perimeter threat and Alex Caruso does all the little things to help his team win.
While Detroit would rather get a first-round pick for Rose, getting KCP and Caruso can definitely help them in terms of depth and experience on their roster.