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 Detroit scorer, while the Clippers have engaged in “common exploratory talk” about a deal, Chris Haynes reported Monday.
The Pistons are tied for ninth in the Eastern conference — three games behind the Nets for the eight-seed — and could be sellers at the Feb. 6 deadline.
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Rose was signed to a two-year, $15 million contract in the offseason and has been the team’s leading scorer in 10 of the past 13 games, including a 106-100 loss to Washington on Monday. The former MVP is scoring 18.4 points per game this year, just above the 18.0 points he averaged with Minnesota last season. He could provide a backup point-guard option to a contending team.
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 where his minutes may dip.