It has been quite the eventful offseason for the Los Angeles Lakers with the 2017 NBA Draft and free agency. The purple and gold were careful to monitor their salary cap while assembling a team capable of competing in the upcoming 2017-18 NBA season.
With that said, Los Angeles still has room for another veteran player in their backcourt. Among the names involved have been Derrick Rose, whom the Lakers met with. According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, both sides felt the meeting went well:
ESPN Sources: Derrick Rose completed approximate 3-hour meeting with Los Angeles Lakers. Both sides felt good about it. Deliberation time.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 20, 2017
Despite his injury-riddled past, Rose put up some solid numbers in his lone season with the New York Knicks. As a result, the Lakers are not the only ones interested in Rose’s services. It has been reported the Cleveland Cavaliers are also serious contenders to bid for the former league Most Valuable Player. However, many question how Rose will fit in with the new regime.
Lonzo Ball’s performance at the Las Vegas Summer League has undoubtedly given him a hold on the starting point guard job. Regardless, the Lakers have made it a point to supply Ball with the necessary weapons to help him develop in his rookie season.
One of the moves was signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million deal. Caldewell-Pope’s defensive acumen will allow Ball to focus solely on running the offense, rather than trying to guard All-Star caliber point guards night in and night out. With the Rose deal anything but a sure thing, the Lakers also met with Ian Clark on a potential one-year deal.