While the Lakers should be dealing with parade logistics and texting each other hangover cures as they celebrate title No. 17, the team is dealing with the reality of them trying to get even better next year.
With Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope expected to exercise their player options and become free-agents this summer, the Lakers need to look at their roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
That has led to conversation about Derrick Rose possibly coming to the team as one GM told Sean Deveney at Heavy.com:
“I think both sides were reluctant when they went into in January, February,” one general manager told Heavy.com. “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.”
Rose’s wife, Alaina Anderson, has weighed in on the matter. Under her username, “alaniataughtyou”, Rose’s better half commented on a recent Bleacher Report post linking her husband to the defending champs.
Alaina’s comment here is quite cryptic as it could mean a lot of things.
Rose signed a two-year deal with the Pistons last summer, and he is now entering the final season of his contract. This past season, he averaged 18.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 5.6 assists.
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