The Boston Celtics have just over 24 hours to improve their roster ahead of Thursday's 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline, and they reportedly have their eye on a few trade targets.
But NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg has a dark horse candidate for Boston: Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose.
On a special "trade deadline" edition of the Celtics Talk Podcast, Forsberg made a case for the Celtics trading their rights to the Memphis Grizzlies' first-round draft pick (top-six protected for 2020) in exchange for Rose.
"Here's why you do it: Because he's making $7.3 million this year, so you can get to the money without really sacrificing your roster too much," Forsberg explained to co-host Kyle Draper.
"The other part is, he has a $7.7 million option for the year after. So, you're not just doing a one-year rental in that case, which is my big thing with the Memphis pick."
Forsberg conceded that Rose wouldn't fill Boston's need for 3-point shooting (he's averaging 31.5 percent from three this season) and that players like Brad Wanamaker and rookie Grant Williams are performing well off the Celtics bench.
But if the C's want to seriously compete for a championship, Forsberg believes Rose -- who's averaging 18.5 points in 26.4 minutes per game -- would give them a serious bench boost.
"I think he's the sort of bench scorer that every playoff team yearns for, right?" Forsberg added. " ... I just think you need another reliable guy. To be able to go from a rookie to a former MVP? That would make me think about the Memphis pick."
There's currently no traction on Rose-to-Boston deal, as the 31-year-old hasn't been tied to the Celtics in any trade rumors. Danny Ainge has made surprise moves before, though, and this is one Forsberg wouldn't mind seeing.
Check out the full episode below, and subscribe to the Celtics Talk Podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the NBA trade deadline. This Thursday at 2:30 p.m., stream the 2020 NBA Trade Deadline Show on the MyTeams app and on NBCSportsBoston.com. Then at 7 p.m., tune into our Celtics Trade Deadline Special.