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The Lakers are reportedly making a push for former Rookie of the Year and MVP Derrick Rose.

In recent days, the Lakers highlighted their desire to add a veteran guard to mentor the team's young roster, including rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. Haslem was already the longest-tenured player in Heat history, with all of his National Basketball Association seasons coming for his hometown team. There is little reason for optimism regarding Rose's ability to stay healthy this season. A Kyrie-Rose backcourt is also intriguing for super small ball lineups, which I guess can work against certain matchups.

After then-president Phil Jackson acquired him via trade from Chicago, Rose made $21,323,250 in his one season with the Knicks, which ended with him missing the final eight games because of a torn left meniscus. He averaged 18 points.

The expectations were high, as even Rose himself called the new Knicks a "super team" in a conversation with Lang Whitaker of NBA.com.

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It was another awful year for the Knicks as the team finished 31-51, good enough for a 12th place in the Eastern Conference.

Rose is still a capable scorer and if he were willing to accept a bench role, could give them a much needed scoring lift that the reserve unit lacked last season. Both played for coach Jeff Hornacek when he was with Phoenix. Though only 28 years old, Rose has missed a total of 180 games since being crowned MVP. For teams that are desperate for a starting point guard, Rose is understandably not the prime candidate.

Rose won the league MVP award in 2011 as a member of the Chicago Bulls.

Rose, who played collegiately at Memphis, has averaged 19.5 points and 6.0 assists in his eight-year career.


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