According to a statement made by one NBA General Manager to Sean Deveney of Heavy, former league MVP Derrick Rose donning the Purple and Gold next season has become an increasingly likely scenario as the 2020 offseason draws near.
“I think both sides were reluctant when they went into in January, February,” one general manager told Heavy.com.
“I don’t think the Lakers wanted to make a major move because they thought they could do something on the buyout market. And I don’t think the Pistons wanted to make a major move because Derrick was happy there. You know, the Lakers wanted to be involved in case the Clippers got involved or someone else, the Bucks or the Nuggets, whoever. So there was interest but not too serious. Now, everything has shifted a little. Now, they’re both in a position to where a deal is much more likely now.”
The 31-year-old Pistons guard, who only has one year remaining on his contract, is coming off his best season as a pro since 2012. With averages of 18.1 points, 5.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game on 49% shooting, he proved he is still capable of putting on elite performances at this stage of his career.
For the Lakers, their search for a consistent, starting-level point guard is expected to continue in the offseason, where Rose could be available via trade or the buyout market.
To have Rose alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis would be an ideal situation for all, and a dream come true for Lakers fans. We’ll see soon enough if it becomes a reality.