Former Piston Caldwell-Pope signs with Lakers

Hope Soto
July 13, 2017

The Nets and Los Angeles Lakers have been linked with free-agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and there could be some movement this week.

Right now, the Lakers do not have a true backup point guard.

Vince Ellis and Chris Thomas of the Free Press went on Facebook Live to dissect the Pistons' trade with the Celtics for Avery Bradley, and decision to let Kentavious Caldwell-Pope leave, July 7, 2017. They accomplish that by giving Caldwell-Pope a one-year balloon deal.

Rondo, very similarly to Rose, as he had a solid season with the Bulls a year ago despite all of the off the court issues and front office troubles the Bulls were having. Even still, the expectations for what role Rondo would play with the Lakers is an interesting topic.

Brian Windhorst, of ESPN, first reported that Caldwell-Pope met with the Lakers on Tuesday. Or would Ennis be a better fit as the third guard with Clarkson taking over as the backup point guard and someone such as David Nwaba or Josh Hart is the backup shooting guard?

Caldwell-Pope, 24, became a restricted free agent in October when the Pistons and agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini failed to reach an agreement before the deadline.

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The Lakers landed a huge free agent. A team of Ball, Caldwell-Pope, LeBron/George, Randle and Lopez.

The Lakers President of Basketball Operations, Magic Johnson, seems to be highly confident in his new young core and has been actively involved since being hired for the position this year. Regardless, Caldwell-Pope would be an excellent addition both for scoring with the second unit and also for his defense.

This deal checks all the needs the Lakers were looking for, and able to do so without risking more than one year's cap space.

Los Angeles is also reportedly still hoping to sign former All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to a one-year deal by using their $4.3 million room exception that is provided to teams with salary-cap space as an additional spending asset.

The most realistic option is probably Rondo, though.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is another example of just how tight the market is in National Basketball Association free agency this year.

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