KEY POINTS

  • Lakers, 76ers are after Pistons' point guard Derrick Rose
  • Rose is currently averaging 18.3 points, 5.9 assists a game
  • Lakers Monday suffered their worst loss of the season

Los Angeles Lakers reportedly have tough competition from Philadelphia 76ers in the trade market for the signing of Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose.

Rose, who signed a two-year contract worth $15 million with Pistons in the off-season, is having his best runs since injuries derailed his career right after his Most Valuable Player (MVP) run in the 2010-11 season. The point guard currently is averaging 18.3 points, 5.9 assists a game on 50% field goal accuracy.

Even though Pistons have not done well so far this season, they are actively looking to trade their star players such as Andre Drummond and Rose. The latter could be an asset for teams looking for a scoring guard. Knowing that Lakers have been heavily dependent on LeBron James and Anthony Davis, they will certainly want to rope in another scorer and Rose can fit in fine.

Lakers, who are having a dream run in the ongoing 2019-20 NBA season, are on the top of the Western Conference and have insisted that they will not trade only James and Davis this edition. That indicated that others might be leaving the team and Rose can come in as a proven scorer and ball-handler.

Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers (L) is fouled by the Lakers' Anthony Davis in the Clippers' 111-106 NBA victory over the Lakers Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers (L) is fouled by the Lakers' Anthony Davis in the Clippers' 111-106 NBA victory over the Lakers Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Jayne Kamin-Oncea

It is also understood that Lakers veteran James is very particular about who plays in his team and Rose’s familiarity with James gives him an upper hand ahead of his potential signing.

According to Yahoo Sports, apart from 76ers and Lakers, multiple teams have expressed interest in Rose including the Los Angeles Clippers.

Despite Davis’ return after an injury-break, Lakers suffered their worst loss of the season Monday. Boston Celtics, who were on a three-match losing streak, defeated Western Conference table-toppers 139-107. It was Lakers’ ninth loss of the 2019-20 season but they continue to remain on the top of the table with a record of 34-9 ahead of Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.