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 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 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.”
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.
Derrick Rose remains beloved by Chicago Bulls fans, and it sounds like the feeling may still be mutual.
Rose did not close the door on returning to Chicago, the city where he was born and started his NBA career, after his current contract expires at the end of the season.
"I'm open to anything after that year's up."
— Derrick Rose on if he'd consider returning to #Bulls after his contract expires with Pistons after the 2020-'21 season
— 670 The Score (@670TheScore) February 13, 2020
It’s a general answer but it’s something. Rose was a member of the Bulls until 2016, by which point a series of knee injuries had robbed him of his prime. As surprising as the trade was to him at the time, he seems to have moved on. There’s no indication at this point that the Bulls are preparing to bring him back, but it’s an intriguing possibility.
Rose has been good for the Detroit Pistons this season in what has primarily been a reserve role, averaging 18.2 points and 5.8 assists per game.
Derrick Rose is happy right where he is amid the approaching trade deadline.
Speaking with reporters on Saturday, the Detroit Pistons guard said that he wants to remain with the team despite his recent inclusion in trade rumors.
“It’s up to the front office,” said Rose, per Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. [My agent] Arn [Tellem] gave me his word that if something were to happen, he will text or call, but I told him that I want to stay here, but it’s not up to me. You already know how that goes.”
The former MVP has been perhaps Detroit’s best player this season, averaging 18.9 points and 5.9 assists per game on a career-high 49.9 percent shooting. Rose is also under contract for next season and will be owed $7.7 million.
Many contenders are interested in acquiring Rose before the Feb. 6 deadline, but it sounds like he doesn’t mind riding out the year with the 17-33 Pistons.
Derrick Rose has drawn interest from multiple contending teams as the NBA trade deadline draws near, and the Detroit Pistons appear to be placing a high price tag on the veteran point guard.
The Pistons are open to discussing trades involving Rose, but Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that they are seeking a lottery-level draft pick in return. That means Detroit wants at least a top-14 pick in return for Rose, and contending teams that are willing to acquire the 31-year-old at that price may need to get creative.
Rose is having a solid season this year with 18.9 points and 6.0 assists per game. Most importantly, he appears healthy. Rose is said to be a bit frustrated that he is playing just 26.7 minutes per game, but the Pistons have made it clear they do not believe he can handle a bigger workload. If Detroit plans to move Rose before Thursday’s deadline, continuing to ensure his health will be a priority.
The Pistons entered Friday just 4.5 games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but Blake Griffin is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery, and the team is exploring the idea of trading Andre Drummond. Given Rose’s lengthy injury history, it may make sense to trade him while he is healthy and performing well.
Rose has one more year and $7.6 million remaining on his contract. We know of at least two teams that are said to be interested in acquiring him, though a three-team deal may be the only way the Pistons can land a lottery pick.
Derrick Rose has played very well in his first season with the Detroit Pistons after not generating much interest on the free agent market last summer, and it appears he is going to be a valuable trade piece as the deadline approaches.
Rose is drawing interest from multiple contending teams including the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. Both teams are in need of point guard help down the stretch. The Los Angeles Clippers have also inquired about Rose, but those talks were described as more “exploratory” in nature.
Rose has played just 25.8 minutes per game this season and has averaged 18.3 points and 5.9 assists per game despite the somewhat limited role. Haynes reports that he recently asked the team to give him more playing time, but the remarks head coach Dwane Casey made about Rose’s workload earlier this month hold true.
With one more year and $7.6 million remaining on his contract, Rose is said to be happy in Detroit. The Pistons were only three games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference entering Monday, but Blake Griffin is likely out for the season with another injury and Detroit appears committed to being sellers. Unless they are going to try to make a playoff push, trading the 31-year-old Rose is probably the logical thing to do.