After the Los Angeles Lakers introduced Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at the team’s practice facility, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka are still searching for Lonzo Ball’s backup. While the Lakers are deciding on a veteran or young prospect as the team’s backup point guard for the 2017-18 NBA season, another name has emerged in free agency.
According to Brad Turner of Los Angeles Times, the Lakers are meeting with Derrick Rose, who is also in discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers:
Lakers indeed are meeting with Derrick Rose today in LA, per source. Lakers looking for backup point guard to play behind Lonzo Ball.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 20, 2017
With the Cavaliers also in the discussion, the Lakers will be able to offer Rose their $4.3 million exception. In addition, it is expected the three-time All-Star will have an opportunity to play more minutes as Ball’s backup under head coach Luke Walton.
After being named the Most Valuable Player for the 2010-11 NBA season, Rose’s injury history has been well-documented. While the 28-year-old has shown flashes through the years, he unfortunately has not been able to regain his form as one of the league’s best players. Following seven seasons with the Chicago Bulls, he was traded to the New York Knicks this season where he averaged 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 64 games.