Our beloved basketball hero, the great Derrick Rose, is back in trade talks. Except this time, a team isn’t trying to get rid of him like the Bulls or Cavaliers did. Now teams want D-Rose and his explosive play. Since the start of last season, Rose has been one of the best 6th man in the entire NBA, averaging over 18 points per game on nearly 50 percent shooting. But being stuck on a mediocre-at-best team like the Pistons have people thinking it would be best for the Pistons to trade away D-Rose in exchange for young or future assets while sending Rose to a contender. So what teams should consider trading for D-Rose?
The LA Lakers
While this would make so much sense for the Lakers, who desperately need a reliable scorer off the bench, it’s fairly difficult to come up with a trade. The best trade seems to be Rose and Christian Wood for Avery Bradley, a second round pick, and Kyle Kuzma. The issue with this is that the Lakers would be getting significantly more than the Pistons, but can be done if the Pistons are desperate for a good young player.
The Philadelphia 76ers
Much like the Lakers, the 76ers are in deep need of a player off the bench that can score well. Problem here is that the 76ers have almost nothing to offer for Rose, aside from Matisse Thybulle. But it’s rather stupid for the 76ers to give him up, so really the best trade package would be Zhaire Smith, Raul Neto, and a second rounder or two for Rose. While this isn’t exactly ideal, it’s still possible.
The Milwaukee Bucks
If I’m Rose, this is the team I would want most to go to. The Bucks right now are arguably the best team in the NBA and have the perfect environment for Rose. The Bucks however, would have a tough time finding a good trade. Because of salary response, the Bucks would really only be able to give up Ersan Ilyasova and a large amount of picks. Likely two first rounders (because the Buck’s first are late picks) and Ilyasova for Rose.
The Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs would arguably have the worst guard rotation in the NBA if it wasn’t for Luka Doncic. Having D-Rose would quickly change that narrative. The Mavs would have to give up Boban Marjanovic and Dorian Finney-Smith, along with at least a second rounder for Rose. This isn’t likely, but still not a terrible trade for the Pistons.
Some teams not mentioned are the Celtics, Pacers, Heat, Raptors, Clippers, and Rockets. The reason for these teams is that Rose would not be able to have the ball often enough in the team’s system due to them already having a good guard rotation or having enough playmakers as is.
Where would you like to see D-Rose end up?
By Hugo Vazquez, Brooks College Prep, Senior