Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Los Angeles Lakers acquire Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Los Angeles Lakers acquire Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

The Lakers landed a huge free agent.

Caldwell-Pope got a new contract, but not quite that big, agreeing to a one-year deal for $18 million with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report by ESPN's Brian Windhorst on Wednesday morning.

Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) drives to the basket as Orlando Magic forward Terrence Ross (31) defends during the first quarter at Amway Center.

The one-year deal means Caldwell-Pope will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

With the drafting of Duke shooting guard Luke Kennard, the Pistons viewed Caldwell-Pope as expendable and they rescinded the qualifying offer.

The Los Angeles Lakers have already begun a mass overhaul of their roster from the 2016-17 season.

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Caldwell-Pope is suspended for the first two games of next season. The four-year veteran out of Georgia averaged 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Pistons last season.

If Rondo does end up with the Lakers, he'd join a short list of players who were members of both the Celtics and Lakers in their careers.

After drafting Lonzo Ball as the second overall pick in this year's draft, the #Los Angeles Lakers are hoping that their fortunes turn around in the next few years. He shot a career-high 35% from behind the arc, and also averaged 1.2 steals per game last season. There had also been significant interest from several other teams across the league.

One player to keep an eye on for the exception is point guard Rajon Rondo. Caldwell-Pope has a lot to offer to a team and is someone who has been able to stay relatively healthy, only missing a handful of games. That it happened this late in the offseason left Caldwell-Pope without many options, and played right into the Lakers' hands.

National Basketball Association players will nearly always gamble on themselves given the opportunity, and given KCP's youth (just 24), the role he so ably fills as a 3-and-D player and the potential he has to take another big leap forward, it's hard to fault his reasoning.

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