According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Sixers are one of “multiple teams with championship aspirations” that have expressed interest in trading for Derrick Rose.
The 2010-11 NBA MVP has averaged 18.4 points and 5.8 assists per game this season for the 16-28 Pistons.
It makes sense that the Sixers would desire perimeter scoring off the bench. Their bench has averaged 29 points per game, 27th in the NBA.
Brett Brown has alternated between Trey Burke and Raul Neto as his backup point guard, with Neto recently getting the nod. Burke is closer to Rose in terms of being able to create his own shot and run the pick-and-roll effectively. It seems Brown is still figuring out who he prefers on his bench. He’s talked on several occasions about not wanting to let players “rot.”
Rose sustained several major injuries after his MVP campaign, including a torn ACL in the first game of the 2011-12 playoffs, a series the Sixers ultimately won in six games over the Bulls. The No. 1 pick in the 2008 NBA draft, Rose spent time with the Knicks, Cavs, Timberwolves and Pistons after beginning his career in his hometown of Chicago.
In 2016, Rose and two friends were found not guilty of sexual battery, battery and trespassing in a civil trial that stemmed from a 2013 incident.
Rose has a $7.3 million salary this season and is also under contract for $7.7 million in 2020-21. The Sixers also reportedly have interest in shooters Langston Galloway and Luke Kennard, Rose's teammates.
The trade deadline is Feb. 6 at 3 p.m.
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