Multiple championship contenders are interested in potentially acquiring Pistons guard Derrick Rose, according to a Yahoo report.
The Lakers and 76ers have shown interest in a trade for the 31-year-old, while the Clippers have engaged in “common exploratory talk” about a deal, Chris Haynes reported Monday.
The Pistons are ninth in the Eastern Conference — three games behind the Nets for the final playoff spot — and could be sellers at the Feb. 6 deadline.
Rose was signed to a two-year, $15 million contract in the offseason and has been Detroit’s leading scorer in 10 of the past 13 games, including a 106-100 loss to Washington on Monday. The former MVP is averaging 18.3 points per game this year, just above the 18.0 points he averaged with Minnesota last season. He could serve as a backup guard for a team in need of scoring and playmaking.
However, Rose also recently requested a larger role with the Pistons and hasn’t expressed a desire to be traded, according to the report. He can’t block a potential trade, though, even if it would send him to a more talented roster and result in a dip in playing time.
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