Pistons seeking first-round pick in Derrick Rose trade

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Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose is one of the top players available leading up tot he NBA trade deadline. If a contender wants to acquire him, though, it’s reportedly going to come at a high cost.

According to The Athletic’s James L. Edwards III, the Pistons want a first-round pick or an intriguing, young prospect to even consider moving the 31-year-old guard. Rose is under contract for just $7.6 million next season and the Pistons are reportedly happy to keep him if they don’t get an asset in return.

Rose has been excellent this season in Detroit. Across 42 games, he is averaging 18.9 points and six assists per game in under 27 minutes per night. He’s taken his game to another level in January by averaging 22.9 points and 6.2 assists.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers are among the contenders interested in Rose. While the Lakers don’t have a first-round pick they can send, a bigger deal centered on Kyle Kuzma is a realistic scenario. Meanwhile, Philadelphia boasts both the young assets and future draft picks to attract Detroit’s interest.

Detroit could be one of the most active teams leading up to the trade deadline. Between Derrick Rose, Andre Drummond, Langston Galloway and Markieff Morris, the Pistons can offer plenty of key pieces to contenders in need.