Kentavious Caldwell-Pope lands $18 million deal with Lakers

G Caldwell Pope agrees to one-year deal with Lakers

General manager Rob Pelinka has said the Lakers are firmly committed to preserving enough cap space in 2018 to sign two free agents to max contracts.

Of all National Basketball Association teams, the Nets were in the best position to land shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

In the end, the Lakers won out, and signed Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million deal. In what was a major coup for Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka, Caldwell-Pope made a decision to forgo the security of extra years for a big one-year payday. Simmons, who started for the injured Kawhi put up 18 points on an efficient 8-12 shooting from the field and looked very comfortable given the circumstances. The Detroit Pistons removed themselves from the running to keep Caldwell-Pope after they traded for Avery Bradley, and teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets were expected as potential destinations before free agency began as they had so much cap space to play with. Caldwell-Pope was having the best season of his career, until a shoulder injury in January caused him to miss four games - and derailed the rest of his season.




Again, he would be a great fit on this young Lakers team. He averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 triples on 39.9 percent shooting last season, returning 9th-round value in standard leagues.

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.

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. Rondo signed a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings after his short stint in Dallas and signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Bulls before the 2016-17 season, but Chicago waived him on June 30. Both of those players took visits earlier on Tuesday.

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