After becoming an unrestricted free agent, the Los Angeles Lakers and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal.
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets also showed interest in Caldwell-Pope. However, the Lakers persistence and heavy recruiting swayed Caldwell-Pope to a one-year deal.
KCP will have a significant role with the Lakers as he’ll likely start at the shooting guard next to rookie, Lonzo Ball with Jordan Clarkson coming off the bench as the sixth man.
The deal is beneficial for both sides as this deal will enable Caldwell-Pope to re-enter the market in 2018, when the salary cap is expected to rise and it will be a strong market for shooting guards. On the Lakers side, it will enable them to have enough cap space to pursue LeBron James and Paul George when they become free agents.
The Lakers aren’t done yet according to multiple reports as even after signing Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers are still interested in signing free agent Rajon Rondo as well.
Caldwell-Pope who’s regarded as one of the league’s best two-way wing players averaged 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season with the Pistons.