RUMOR: Clippers will look to trade for Derrick Rose from Pistons

The Los Angeles Clippers were the championship pick for many NBA experts but they fell short of even reaching the Western Conference Finals. With a need for a boost, would a trade for Derrick Rose from the Detroit Pistons be an option?

There was an apparent need for the Clippers to bring in a more dynamic offensive contributor at point guard. Additionally, Los Angeles displayed too much of a reliance on players who tend to pull-up on drives as opposed to get all the way to the rim or make kick-outs.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Clippers are looking into the possibility of acquiring Derrick Rose from the Detroit Pistons.

It was a highly successful season for Rose with the Pistons. He managed to average an impressive 18.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in just 26.0 minutes. For Detroit, moving the veteran guard to gain an asset or two to help further their rebuilding efforts makes the most sense.

Patrick Beverley provides pestering defense on the ball but lacks a needed explosive element to get to the rim. That’s not an issue for Rose as his average of 17.6 drives was by far the most of any player averaging fewer than 30 minutes.

When looking purely at volume, the only players in the NBA to average more drives than Rose last season include Russell Westbrook (20.8), Luka Doncic (20.7), DeMar DeRozan (19.8), Trae Yount (19.8), Ja Morant (19.4), and De’Aaron Fox (18.3).

Having a player like Rose that is so dynamic at driving the rim would help substantially with applying needed pressure on the defense. It would also help Paul George, in particular, since he’d be able to play more off the ball and get easier shots.

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