Derrick Rose Detroit Pistons
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The Los Angeles Lakers wanted to acquire Derrick Rose at the 2020 trade deadline, but it did not happen for various reasons.

An NBA general manager shared his thoughts on the matter talking to Sean Deveney of Heavy and claimed a deal for Rose is more likely now for the Lakers.

“I don’t think the Lakers wanted to make a major move because they thought they could do something on the buyout market. And I don’t think the Pistons wanted to make a major move because Derrick was happy there.

You know, the Lakers wanted to be involved in case the Clippers got involved or someone else, the Bucks or the Nuggets, whoever. So there was interest but not too serious. Now, everything has shifted a little. Now, they’re both in a position to where a deal is much more likely now.”

The Detroit Pistons sixth man had one of the best seasons of his career in recent years averaging 18.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game in the 2019-2020 season. He also shot 49.0 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from beyond the arc, and 87.1 percent from the free-throw line.