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NBA Trade Rumors: LA Lakers eyeing Derrick Rose to bolster their point guard options

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Evan Tiwari
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Modified 11 Jan 2021, 00:17 IST
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The LA Lakers are off to a positive start this season and have a comfortable 7-3 record in the Western Conference. Despite that, the front office is still working on improving the roster, as NBA Trade Rumors suggest the LA Lakers are considering adding Detroit Pistons' veteran point guard Derrick Rose to their ranks.

NBA Trade Rumors: LA Lakers planning to pursue Derrick Rose

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The LA Lakers have arguably the best roster in the league, and improved their side significantly over the offseason by adding the likes of Marc Gasol and Dennis Schroder. Now, the 17-time NBA Champions have set their sights on Detroit Pistons' Derrick Rose, whose contract with the team is expiring at the end of this season.

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According to multiple reports by trusted journalists, which includes the likes of Brian Windhorst and Chris Haynes, the LA Lakers are determined to add more depth at the point guard position. They have reportedly identified Derrick Rose as their No.1 target. NBA Trade Rumors suggest the LA Lakers would like to approach him by the end of this season, when he will be entering Free Agency.

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Derrick Rose still remains a productive player despite enduring multiple career-threatening injuries. He is averaging 13.9 points per game, 2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game this year. The veteran is also shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 80.8 percent from the free-throw line, and could be a valuable addition to the LA Lakers roster.

The LA Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers have inquired about Derrick Rose in the past. The former have shown more intent in recent times when it comes to signing veteran players.

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Rose is still producing at a high level and is likely to find another team if Detroit decides against re-signing him. It will be interesting to see which team picks up the youngest MVP in league history in the next offseason.

Also Read: 5 teams that should look to acquire James Harden before the NBA trade deadline

Published 11 Jan 2021, 00:17 IST
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