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Report: Kobe Bryant pushed Lakers to trade for Derrick Rose

Kobe Bryant

Derrick Rose has had to overcome a lot of adversity since he won the NBA MVP Award nearly a decade ago, but Kobe Bryant is apparently one person who never stopped believing in the star point guard’s potential.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said during an appearance on the “Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective” podcast this week that Bryant pushed for the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire Rose before Kobe died in a helicopter crash last year. Shelburne said that is the only time she had ever heard of Kobe urging the Lakers’ brass to make a certain move.

“Before the helicopter crash, that was the only time I have ever heard — and I’m sure it happened more than I ever heard about — but this was the only time I ever heard Kobe make a little suggestion to the Lakers brass,” Shelburne said, as transcribed by Justin Benjamin of Lakers Daily. “He loved the idea of the Lakers trading for Derrick Rose or going to get him somehow.”

Bryant was known for being tough on other players, so it is noteworthy that he went to bat for Rose. That is an indication that he believed in Rose’s work ethic, which is not a surprise. Rose is still playing in the NBA despite suffering numerous significant injuries.

Rose, who is averaging 13.9 points per game this season, was recently traded from the Detroit Pistons to the New York Knicks. He opened up last week about how he has been able to stay healthy this season.

Rose has to feel good about the way he has fought through his bad injury luck knowing that Kobe endorsed him.

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Derrick Rose reveals how he has been able to stay healthy this season

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose appears to have found a second wind of sorts this season, and now he is revealing how he has been able to do so physically.

The New York Knicks guard said this week that he has slimmed down to 202 pounds to reduce the stress on his surgically-repaired knees.

“That’s something I can brag about,” said Rose, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “I don’t brag about much.

“I made a big effort this summer making sure I had to trim down, especially when you had so many operations on your knees,” Rose went on. “And you look at all the older people, the legends that played, like Tim Duncan, even though I’m not a [power forward], I look at all the guys that’s been through similar things and everybody loses weight.”

The former MVP also said that he has been doing Pilates and has brought his body fat down to 5.9 percent.

Rose is now 32 years old and has four knee surgeries under his belt. But you might not know it based on his production this season. Between the Knicks and the Detroit Pistons, Rose is averaging a solid 14.2 points and 4.0 assists in 22.5 minutes per game off the bench.

Ever since tearing his ACL in 2012, Rose has missed at least 15 games in every single season. He might have a chance to snap that streak this year though, and he sounds pretty motivated to do so as well.

Here is what Derrick Rose told Dwane Casey when requesting a trade

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the New York Knicks over the weekend at his request. In a recent interview, Pistons head coach Dwane Casey shared what Rose told him when requesting a trade.

According to Casey, the two had an honest conversation regarding Rose’s desires. The veteran guard told Casey he didn’t have many miles left in his legs and that he was hoping to spend the rest of the season on a team with a team closer to the playoffs.

Detroit has the worst record in the East at 6-19. The Knicks are 11-15 and not exactly a juggernaut, though they are in contention for a lower playoff seed in the East.

Rose also has a history with Tom Thibodeau and wanted to reunite with him.

Rose, 32, had 14 points in the Knicks’ loss to the Heat on Tuesday, his first game with the team this season.

Derrick Rose traded to Knicks from Pistons

Derrick Rose

The Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks have been discussing a trade for Derrick Rose, and the two sides are on the verge of an agreement.

Rose is expected to be traded to the Knicks, according to Shams Charania and James Edwards III of The Athletic.

Rose, who is in his second season with Detroit, has not played since Jan. 30. The Pistons are committed to playing some of their younger players and recently agreed that trading Rose would be best for both sides.

The 32-year-old guard is averaging 14.2 points and 4.2 assists per game off the bench for the Pistons this season. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau has a long history with Rose, having coached the ex-MVP on both the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Thibodeau has coached the 13-year NBA veteran Rose for a total of seven of those years.

Rose also played for the Knicks in the 2017-18 campaign. The possibility of him reuniting with Thibodeau on the Knicks has been mentioned the last few weeks.

Pistons agree to trade Derrick Rose; Knicks a possibility

Derrick Rose

The Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Derrick Rose, and they could deal him to the New York Knicks.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania and James L. Edwards III reported on Saturday that the Pistons are working with Rose to resolve his situation. Rose, who is in his second season with Detroit, has not played since Jan. 30. Detroit is committed to playing some of their younger players, so letting Rose go would be best for both parties.

The 32-year-old guard is averaging 14.2 points and 4.2 assists per game off the bench for the Pistons this season. The Knicks are a strong contender to land Rose in a trade.

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau has a long history with Rose, having coached the ex-MVP on both the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Thibodeau has coached the 13-year NBA veteran Rose for a total of seven of those years.

Rose also played for the Knicks in the 2017-18 campaign. The possibility of him reuniting with Thibodeau on the Knicks has been mentioned the last few weeks.

Derrick Rose could reunite with Knicks, Tom Thibodeau?

Derrick Rose

The Derrick Rose-Tom Thibodeau partnership could be returning for a virtually unheard-of third installment.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that the New York Knicks are among the teams interested in the Detroit Pistons guard Rose. Thibodeau, the Knicks coach, has a long history with the ex-MVP, having coached him on both the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rose, who is averaging 14.8 points and 4.6 assists per game off the bench for the Pistons this season, also played for the Knicks in the 2017-18 campaign. Thibodeau, meanwhile, has coached the 13-year NBA veteran Rose for a total of seven of those years.

Rookie Immanuel Quickley has emerged as a strong contributor for the Knicks at the point guard position. But their backcourt depth otherwise is still fairly sparse. The Knicks are currently in the hunt for the playoffs at No. 8 in the East, so a move for a veteran on an expiring deal like Rose would fit their timeline. Thibodeau also has quite a knack for pursuing his old players.

Derrick Rose’s wife laughs off Lakers trade rumor

Derrick Rose

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to look into adding a veteran point guard this offseason, and Derrick Rose is one player on the trade block that they may inquire about. However, it does not seem like Rose’s wife expects her husband to wind up in L.A.

The Lakers were reportedly interested in Rose at the trade deadline last season, and Sean Deveney of Heavy.com says it is “much more likely now” that Rose would be traded to Los Angeles. Devaney’s report was shared by Bleacher Report on Instagram this week, and Rose’s wife Alaina commented with several laughing emojis.

You can see a screenshot of the post here.

The Lakers reportedly offered Alex Caruso as part of a trade package for Rose, but the Detroit Pistons turned it down. Caruso ended up playing a key role in the NBA Finals, so the Lakers are probably happy with the way it turned out.

Rose, who has battled injuries throughout his career, averaged 18.1 points and 5.6 assists in 50 games last season. The Lakers are also said to have interest in Chris Paul, though he is expected to be pursued by at least one other team. Rose could come at a much more reasonable price.

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Lakers reportedly offered Alex Caruso in trade package for Derrick Rose

Alex Caruso

Alex Caruso is a rock star for Los Angeles Lakers fans, but it was almost curtains for him during last month’s trade deadline.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported this week that the Lakers offered a package involving Caruso and draft pick compensation to the Detroit Pistons for former MVP Derrick Rose. The Pistons turned down the Lakers’ proposal however, as they had set a high value on Rose.

The fan favorite Caruso, who is averaging 5.6 points and 1.8 assists per game this season, does not quite put up the numbers that Rose does. But as an elite defender who is among the team’s leaders in plus-minus, Caruso provides significant utility for the Western Conference-best Lakers.

Caruso is beloved in the local fanbase for many reasons, so the trade to Detroit falling through sounds like a classic case of “all’s well that ends well.”

Derrick Rose gets positive news on ankle injury, will miss several weeks

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose exited Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with an ankle injury, and he is expected to be sidelined for at least several weeks. However, the star point guard was fortunate enough to avoid structural damage.

An MRI on Rose’s injured ankle came back negative, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. Detroit is expected to play it safe with the former MVP and reevaluate him in a few weeks, but Rose will make a full recovery.

Haynes adds that the Pistons are expected to now focus on developing some of their younger players, which could in turn lead to securing a higher draft pick. They have already traded Andre Drummond and lost Blake Griffin for the season with an injury, so they don’t have a whole lot left to play for. Detroit could also put in a claim for Jordan McRae, who was recently waived by the Denver Nuggets.

Rose has averaged 18.1 points and 5.6 assists in 50 games this season. He has looked healthy after battling injuries throughout most of his career, and there seemed to be plenty of trade interest in him surrounding the deadline last month. The 31-year-old is under contract with the Pistons through next season.

Derrick Rose unlikely to receive buyout from Pistons

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose was not dealt by the Detroit Pistons at the trade deadline, and the chances of him leaving the team via a buyout seems unlikely as well.

Brian Windhorst said on his podcast this week that there was “no chance” the Pistons would give Rose a buyout.

“No, there’s no chance,” Windhorst said regarding whether Rose would get a buyout from Detroit. “He’s under contract for next year at a good number. From what I understand, when the Lakers called the Pistons and expressed an interest in trading for Derrick Rose, the Pistons said ‘hey, we appreciate you calling, but we’re not trading him. Dwane Casey likes him. We think he’s going to be important for us next year.’ He just wasn’t available.”

In January, we heard that the Lakers and 76ers were showing interest in trading for Rose. Detroit’s asking price for the guard was said to be high.

Rose has averaged 18.0 points and 5.7 assists in 47 games this season. Detroit recently gave Markieff Morris and Reggie Jackson buyouts, which had some thinking they might do the same with Rose.