KEY POINTS

  • Lakers lack assets to pull off a trade for quality player
  • Rose remains in their radar
  • Getting a playmaker is still the Lakers priority

The Los Angeles Lakers are studying the possibility of getting better but lack the assets need to add a quality player. The purple and gold are looking for another playmaker with Derrick Rose allegedly one of their prime targets.

The Lakers will need to come up with a package that the Pistons would be agreeable to. Expect the name of Kyle Kuzma to be included once more plus the likes of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo and so on. How about the injured DeMarcus Cousins?

Inserting the 29-year-old center may not gain ground. The often-injured NBA All-Star has yet to play this 2019-20 season. However, there is a slim chance Boogie could suit up in the latter part of the Lakers campaign said Brian Windhorst on Lakers Talk with Allen Silva.

“… in being around the Lakers, they believe, I think that DeMarcus Cousins is going to have a chance to play at some point this season… I don’t think the Lakers want to trade DeMarcus Cousins,” he said.

Even if Cousins does return, critics are not expecting that much from him. He is likely to play sparingly and not be much of a factor. But if he does get the chance to suit up, it could be a tryout of sorts. The Lakers could consider re-signing him next season unless the fifth pick of the 2010 NBA Draft opts to take his act elsewhere.

As mentioned in a previous post, the Lakers may want to take a second look at other guards to fill their playmaking woes. D.J. Augustine of the Orland Magic was previously mentioned as a potential target and there is Darren Collison who is considering to come out of retirement to play for the Lakers.

But right now, the talk of the town is Rose. The former NBA MVP has found a way to reinvent himself this season in Detroit, a reason why multiple teams are now after him. Finding ways to get him could be a big boost to the Lakers' backcourt issues. Also, it would reunite Rose with LeBron James. Both played together for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018, the year when the three-time NBA All-Star went through a difficult stage of frustration due to frequent injuries.

Derrick Rose Derrick Rose could end up ending his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls in the future. Derrick Rose #25 of the Minnesota Timberwolves 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