KEY POINTS

  • Derrick Rose has been on the wish list of the LA Lakers
  • Kyle Kuzma has been in the trade talks for quite a while
  • Philadelphia might get an upgrade on defense should these rumors push through

Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose could be the point guard that the Los Angeles Lakers has been desperately needed.

That’s a possible scenario should the three-way trade between the Lakers, Detroit Pistons, and the Philadelphia 76ers pushes through to address each team’s needs for a chance to make their playoff runs alive.

Spyros Papadakos of Piston Powered shared a possible three-team swap between the Lakers and the Sixers, who are both interested in getting the services of the resurgent Rose, with Detroit acting as the middle team.

The 31-year old Rose continues his All Star-worthy performance for coach Dwayne Casey. He’s on a string of nine-straight 20-point games which started on January 5th against the Golden State Warriors. This 20-point scoring streak is the longest of his career since 2011 – three away from his record of 12 games with at least 20 points during his MVP season.

Lakers need a point guard to orchestrate the offense once LeBron James goes to the bench and Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso aren’t that effective. Bringing the former MVP to LA could mean they need to let go of Kyle Kuzma.

Lakers Acquire: Derrick Rose, Markieff Morris, Trey Burke

Pistons Acquire: Zhaire Smith, Kyle Kuzma, Two 2nd Round Picks

76ers Acquire: Langston Galloway, Avery Bradley

Getting two promising young players from the Lakers will give Detroit a boost in offense and with both still in their rookie contracts, they will be getting young talents at a lower salary. Kuzma has been averaging 13.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and one assist per game as the third option for offense behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Philadelphia will be getting veteran presence, shooting and perimeter defense in Langston Galloway and Avery Bradley. Galloway has shown that he can score from deep this season while Bradley’s defensive prowess can be used to defend smaller guards, given that Philly has the league’s biggest line-up.