Lakers Offered Pistons Alex Caruso In Package For Rose: Report

To no surprise, Detroit turned it down.

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March 06, 2020 - 4:03 pm

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Despite interest from several suitors, the Pistons held onto Derrick Rose at the trade deadline. They were said to be seeking a lottery pick for the former MVP and didn't like the offers coming their way. 

One such offer reportedly came from the Lakers. Without a lottery pick to work with, Los Angeles offered Detroit "a package involving Alex Caruso and draft compensation," according to Shams Charania. The Pistons rejected the deal. 

It's unclear what type of draft capital the Lakers had in mind -- but it's worth nothing they don't have a second-rounder until 2023. They have a (late) first-rounder this year, possibly a first-rounder next year (based on conditions of the Anthony Davis trade), and a first-rounder in 2022. 

So either they were offering Detroit their 2020 first-rounder, or something much further down the road. 

Caruso, meanwhile, was likely more of a throw-in. He's averaging 5.5 points over 55 games this season, with a career average of 5.7 points over three seasons. 

It's not a surprise the Pistons turned down the offer. They made it clear they weren't inclined to move Rose ahead of the deadline, valuing his veteran presence on a young team. 

While senior advisor Ed Stefanski denied the report the Pistons were seeking a lottery pick in return, he made it clear it would have taken a lot to pry Rose from their hands.

"If it was a deal that would just rocket our process here forward, then we would’ve looked at it, but it was not what we wanted," Stefanski said after the deadline. "Derrick is terrific for us here. He’s a leader. When you’re gonna go young like we’re gonna go, you’re gonna need some veterans that can take these guys the right direction. That’s how we see Derrick.

"We have him on a favorable contract (through next season). He’s been a hell of pick-up for us. He’s the type of guy you really want on the team, especially where we’re going right now." 

Stefanski added that if Rose plays well again next season, the Pistons could cash in when his trade value is higher. 

"That’s a very good possibility," he said. 

Rose, 31, is enjoying a bounceback season, but went down this week with an ankle injury