3 reasons the Detroit Pistons should trade Derrick Rose

Detroit Pistons Derrick Rose. (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons Derrick Rose. (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Detroit Pistons season hasn’t gone as planned. Derrick Rose is playing his best basketball since his injury. Here are three reasons he should be traded.

Derrick Rose‘s career has been revived the last two seasons and he’s a shadow of his pre-injury self.

He’s become valuable as a trade asset for the Detroit Pistons, and also a veteran in the locker room. The Pistons could go two ways – keep him as the veteran to lead a young core or trade him with his value at its highest since his injury.

Detroit hasn’t had the fortune of having many trade assets at its disposal. But this year, despite a season marked by injuries that has hampered its record, Detroit has several assets that could be moved before the Feb. 6 deadline.

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The Pistons have decisions to make over the next month. They could conceivably reach a playoff spot, especially with the sputtering Nets having lost seven games straight and no return in sight for Kyrie Irving. Detroit is three games back and has their easiest stretch of games over the next month.

Owner Tom Gores said the front office will assess everything over the next month. Blake Griffin never appeared to be healthy, only playing in 18 games, and on Tuesday he had his second knee surgery in a stretch of eight months. Reggie Jackson has missed all but two games and Luke Kennard remains out for the foreseeable future with a knee injury.

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Reality is, the Pistons shouldn’t be this close to contention for a playoff spot. But as Sekou Doumbouya, Christian Wood and one of the youngest rosters in the league, they could not know an better, continue to compete and wander into a playoff spot. Without Griffin or Jackson, the average age is 25.4, and that doesn’t include two-way players Louis King or Jordan Bone. This young of a roster, even if they keep Drummond, will be entertaining to watch them progress.

With that, here are three reasons why the Pistons should trade the 31-year-old Rose.