The Detroit Pistons are having trade discussions with the New York Knicks on guard Derrick Rose.
Rose will participate in Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, and he may be reunited with former head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Thibs coached Rose in Chicago during the MVP coaching period, and in Minnesota a few years later.
Rose and Detroit signed the first year of a new contract, and the team rebuilt without injured guard Kylian Hayes.
The Pistons see Dennis Smith Jr. as the center of Rose’s return package.
Smith Jr. was so frustrated with his playing time in New York that he asked to play in the G League earlier this year to get more playing time.
Although the Knicks won the first-round pick in a trade with Dallas’ Kristaps Pozingis two years ago, there is no doubt that any potential trade will include a player and a draft pick. .
Rose averaged 14.2 points and 4.2 assists in 22.8 minutes per game.
He is a valuable trader for any playoff team that wants to bring wealth to the Pistons.
If he exercises next year’s player option, the Pistons still have to deal with Blake Griffin’s contract this season and next season.
After battling constant injuries and personal problems in the past four seasons, Derrick Rose has performed well.