Lakers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reportedly reach one-year deal

Lakers Waive LA Local David Nwaba

Shahan Ahmed

The Los Angeles Lakers have beat them to the punch. As our own Jonathan Adams broke down, the new-look Lakers roster features two new faces projected in the starting lineup and an interesting amount of depth as well.

But, it seems as though the Lakers aren't done making moves this offseason, and they're attacking free agency with a full head of steam. He averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game last season in Chicago. He's younger than Rondo, but doesn't bring the veteran presence the Lakers are searching for.

Rondo, very similarly to Rose, as he had a solid season with the Bulls previous year despite all of the off the court issues and front office troubles the Bulls were having. Now, with Luke Walton as the head coach and Magic Johnson as the president of the basketball operations, the Lakers are showing signs of improvement. Currently, it would likely be either Jordan Clarkson, Josh Hart or David Nwaba who would spell Ball on the court, except that Clarkson is expected to start at shooting guard.

Right now, the Lakers do not have a true backup point guard. Both were originally restricted free agents.

"The Brooklyn Nets are planning to be an aggressive pursuer of Caldwell-Pope, angling to pair him in a young backcourt with D'Angelo Russell, league sources told ESPN", Wojnarowski wrote in his report.

This one's a bit tougher to gauge.

The deal will enable Caldwell-Pope to re-enter the market next summer, ESPN reported Tuesday night.

The Detroit Pistons have renounced the rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent. The Lakers are only offering one -year deals, so he is being patient.

Like Clarkson, Pope has spent his first few seasons in the National Basketball Association playing for a team that lacked the talent and assets to be a playoff contender.

The eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Caldwell-Pope will sit out the first two games of the 2017-18 season after being suspended by the National Basketball Association following a March arrest for DWI. By many projections, he was in line possibly to get a maximum offer of four years and $106 million from another team, which the Pistons would have been able to match.

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