10 Realistic Predictions for 2020 NBA Trade Deadline

Derrick Rose Rejoins LeBron James with Lakers

LeBron James-led teams have traditionally made moves at the trade deadline, and this year will be no exception.

James and Derrick Rose will be reunited after Rose played just 16 games in Cleveland during the 2017-18 campaign. That season, Rose suffered a combination of injuries, briefly left the team because of personal reasons and was ultimately traded to the Utah Jazz, who waived him days later.

This version of Rose is far better.

The 31-year-old point guard is averaging 17.8 points and 5.8 assists in 25.4 minutes per game off the Pistons’ bench. He’s been a far more willing passer, increasing his assist percentage to a career-best 41.9 percent. In Cleveland, it was a career-low 13.0 percent.

Rose gives the Lakers an upgrade over Rajon Rondo and allows James to spend more time off the ball should he need to rest for the playoffs.

In a loaded West that could see deep runs by the Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Jazz, Houston Rockets or Dallas Mavericks, getting a player like Rose may help separate the Lakers from the pack.

Rose should welcome the move to Southern California and a second chance to be James’ teammate.