Los Angeles Lakers Receive: G Derrick Rose
Detroit Pistons Receive: G Talen Horton-Tucker, F Markieff Morris, LAL 2025 1st Round Pick (Top-10 Protected)
Given how tight the Los Angeles Lakers are financially, bringing in a player like Derrick Rose would definitely cause them to trade away one or two role players since Rose is owed $7.6M this season. In this trade proposal, the Lakers would be sending second-year wing Talen Horton-Tucker and veteran Markieff Morris to the Detroit Pistons, a team Morris played on in 2019 before being traded to the Lakers.
Talen Horton-Tucker is definitely a valuable young prospect, especially after his performances this preseason. In four preseason games this year, THT averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and shot 54.7% from the floor and 53.8% from three-point range. At just 20-years old, Horton-Tucker is a very intriguing prospect, which is why he would likely be packaged in a trade by the Lakers to get Derrick Rose.
For any team needing young talent on the wing, Talen Hoton-Tucker is the ideal player mold they are looking for. While the Lakers may not be too keen on giving him up, in order to get Rose, they may have to be willing to cut ties with their former first-round selection as he is not in their immediate plans this season.
You can never have too much talent in the backcourt in today’s NBA and even though LeBron James is the primary ball-handler for the Lakers, he still needs reliable guards that he can turn to and feel comfortable with. Not only would Rose play his role off the bench perfectly, but he would have a great relationship with LeBron James because of their experiences against one-another.
Bringing in Derrick Rose in a title defense season makes perfect sense for the Lakers because he is in the final year of his contract and would not be a burden on the Lakers’ payroll moving forward. Guard play is extremely important in today’s game and having two reliable and veteran guys in Rose and Schroder allows the Lakers to be comfortable with LeBron James and Anthony Davis not on the court.