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Still soiled by their poor past season, the Lakers are looking for reinforcements for their roster. The name of Derrick Rose necessarily sounds like a potential target, especially since the 2011 MVP arouses the respect and admiration of LeBron James. And a 5-player trade seems ideal for the eventuality to become a reality.
Angry and humiliated by their failed 2021-2022 season, the Lakers must seriously rebound in the fall. To achieve this, the roster will undergo several modifications, in particular with the already recorded arrivals of Thomas Bryant, Lonnie Walker and Juan Toscano-Anderson. If these role players are great recruits for a financially limited franchise, several problems remain in the workforce, especially at the point guard.
Everyone knows that Russell Westbrook, ignored by LeBron James on Saturday evening, is no longer frankly in the odor of sanctity on the side of Los Angeles. In the absence of satisfactory offers, however, the Brodie could remain in the city of angels for a year – but his presence alone is far from sufficient to cover position 1.
Derrick Rose at the Lakers, the good idea?
An option that would tick several boxes, including that of experience and versatility in attack, is Derrick Rose. Signed to a contract worth around 15 million a year with the Knicks until 2023, or even 2024 if his option is activated, Pooh would not mind the idea of joining Los Angeles and having the opportunity to play. the leading roles. To achieve this, here is a package the Lakers could submit to their New York counterparts:
Lakers receive: Derrick Rose, Cam Reddish
Knicks host: Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn, Stanley Johnson
In this hypothesis, the Lakers would therefore recover D-Rose, but also the enigmatic and promising Cam Reddish. The former Duke has a high rating and many observers see great potential in him… which is not the case for Tom Thibodeau, who is reluctant to use him. The combined additions of Rose and Reddish could then fill two important needs in Darvin Ham’s roster.
In exchange, Kendrick Nunn would pack his bags, after a white season and an enigmatic absence which somewhat worried or even disappointed Californian fans. Talen Horton-Tucker would serve as a bargaining chip for Reddish in the “promising young player” register, while Stanley Johnson would be included to round up salaries. A win-win deal? It looks like it on paper.
This is all pure speculation, of course, but there is definitely a way for the Lakers to get Derrick Rose back from the Knicks this summer. If Rob Pelinka really wants it, now it’s up to him.