Lakers sign Caldwell-Pope for 1 year, $18 million

Lakers sign Caldwell-Pope for 1 year, $18 million

Lakers sign Caldwell-Pope for 1 year, $18 million

The Lakers have finally made a splash in free agency.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. Caldwell-Pope was the eighth pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, drafted by the Detroit Pistons.

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

The Lakers, albeit under previous management, have experience doing this as they waived former point guard Kendall Marshall in a similar move.

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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.

The Los Angeles Lakers were one of the last few remaining teams that still had a lot of salary cap space after the first wave of free agency.

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He saved face during the playoffs, when he averaged 11.5 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds per game in two wins over the Celtics to begin the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. It'd also be interesting to see how Caldwell-Pope and Clarkson would wind up on the depth chart at shooting guard, but it's hard to envision Clarkson being pushed back to the second-team at this point. This year should be much different for Pope by joining a Lakers squad that now has plenty of new young talent. The Lakers are only offering one -year deals, so he is being patient. That it happened this late in the offseason left Caldwell-Pope without many options, and played right into the Lakers' hands. 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. Caldwell-Pope is an excellent shooter with a soft touch and is coming off his best season shooting the three (35 percent). Time will tell, but both players could carve out nice roles with the Lakers in 2017-18.

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