Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers, sources tell ESPN.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 12, 2017
The Lakers were one of the teams with the most cap space remaining this offseason. This is a good move for both sides on the surface, as Caldwell-Pope received a greater payday than he’d likely receive from any other team while the Lakers don’t compromise their ability to be big players during next year’s free agency by offering a multi-year contract.
Caldwell-Pope was previously a restricted free agent with the Detroit Pistons, with which he played the first four seasons of his career. However, his rights were renounced after the Pistons acquired Avery Bradley in a trade that sent Marcus Morris to the Boston Celtics last week.
Caldwell-Pope fits well with the youth that is already on the Lakers roster, as most of the team’s core players are 25 years old or under. The 24-year-old Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points per game last season with the Pistons, so he’ll bring some scoring ability to the team. He’s also expected to bring much-needed defense to a team that ranked 28th in the league in points allowed per game last season.
Whether he starts or comes off the bench, this signing seems like a win-win for both the Lakers and Caldwell-Pope.
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