KEY POINTS

  • Derrick Rose has been on a tear for the Pistons this season, scoring 20+ a game in 12 straight outings
  • ESPN’s Jorge Sedano said that the Lakers isn’t going to give Alex Caruso on a trade with Rose
  • Caruso has been averaging 5.5 points in 40+ games with the Lakers this season

The Los Angeles Lakers, perhaps, is trying to get rid of the backlash that they may receive from the fans even if they will be getting an upgrade in return.

We’re nearing the NBA trade deadline and the league isn’t making a lot of noise as far as player movements is concerned but it is no secret that the Lakers are still looking for somebody to orchestrate the offense when LeBron James is on the bench.

While Derrick Rose is doing damage with the Detroit Pistons, his name is still running around the rumor mill and, a lot of times, is being linked to the purple and gold since they are badly in need of a court general.

Reports have surfaced that despite the need for a point guard, the Western Conference top-seed is still not to bite the bait for the Pistons is asking for somebody the Lakers don’t want to let go in exchange for the former NBA MVP.

His name? Alex Caruso.

ESPN’s Jorge Sedano said on the Mason and Ireland Show that the Lakers isn’t ready to send the crowd-darling away together with a second-round pick and cash considerations that was posted on Heavy.com. The Pistons is currently at 17-31 win-loss right now under coach Dwayne Casey, who is still missing the services of star forward Blake Griffin.

“I’ve heard rumblings that the Lakers said no to that,” said Sedano. “I’ve heard that – not confirmed from anyone, I’ve just heard through hushed tones and whispers,” he added.

Rose just tied his personal record of 12-straight 20-point games in their 121-111 OT loss to the Brooklyn Nets after scoring 27 points while adding six assists, four rebounds, and two steals for 37 minutes.

Caruso, an undrafted guard from Texas A&M, has only been contributing 5.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 43 games for the Lakers – but his impact is more than what is shown on the stat-sheet with his aerial display.

Other than Caruso, Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo are the point guards on the Lakers’ line up but proved to be ineffective, opting them to look for a legit point guard to take care of the attack when LeBron is taking a breather.

Derrick Rose Derrick Rose dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards during the game on March 9, 2019 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: Getty Images/Hannah Foslien