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Lakers reportedly express interest in Derrick Rose

The Los Angeles Lakers weren’t planning on making any major moves this summer after drafting Lonzo Ball out of UCLA with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The team is focused on building around Ball and Brandon Ingram while developing their young talent in anticipation of making substantial moves in NBA free agency next summer.

Although the team is focused on the free agent class of 2018, Magic Johnson and the Lakers brass were still able to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope this summer and may be on the verge of bringing in another big-name. Los Angeles is currently looking for a veteran point guard to backup and mentor Ball with Derrick Rose in their crosshairs, according to Mark Medina of the OC Register:

"The Lakers plan to meet with veteran guard Derrick Rose on Thursday, according to league sources familiar with the situation. With career averages of 19.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting and 6.0 assists through eight NBA seasons, Rose would bolster the Lakers’ backcourt by providing both production and experience."

Rose, who spent the bulk of his career with the Chicago Bulls and last season with the New York Knicks, is still an unrestricted free agent and arguably the biggest name on the open market right now.

The former NBA MVP has received interest from multiple teams this summer and has met with a few franchise like the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks, but remains unsigned three weeks into free agency.

Along with the Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers are also said to be interested in Rose, via Medina:

"Rose also has talked with the Cleveland Cavaliers about a possible deal."

Unlike Los Angeles, Cleveland provides an opportunity to contend for an NBA title next season while playing alongside arguably the best player in the game, LeBron James. The Cavs, however, can’t offer as much money or the perk of substantial playing time in comparison to the Lakers.

Los Angeles can steal Rose with the mid-level exception of $4.3 million while Cleveland will likely offer the veteran minimum of $2.1 million.

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