Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Three reasons Lakers win by signing KCP

Three reasons Lakers win by signing KCP

After striking out early on in free agency, the Lakers finally made a move late Monday night.

What Would Caldwell-Pope Bring to the Lakers? He had the option of taking a $4.9 million one year qualifying offer with the Pistons last week before the Pistons renounced his rights. Caldwell-Pope is young and could look for a long-term deal with more money over the span of it, while Rondo is 31 and will probably wind up signing a one-year deal wherever he ends up going.

Rondo would add another intriguing dynamic to the team by providing them with a proven point guard that can help mentor Ball and give more stability to the backcourt.

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.

Caldwell-Pope will miss the first two games of the 2017-18 season after the National Basketball Association suspended him last month following his guilty plea to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in Auburn Hills, Mich.

With the Bradley acquisition, things didn't come down to that and the Pistons gained financial flexibility as well as roster flexibility to play some of their younger players. He shot a career-high 35% from behind the arc, and also averaged 1.2 steals per game last season. With the Lakers last season, the shooting guard averaged six points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Jordan Clarkson should go back to his sixth man role with Caldwell-Pope in the fold. There had also been significant interest from several other teams across the league. A one-year deal would be ideal for the Lakers, but he'd also be a great backup option for a longer-term deal if the team can't add a big name free agent or two next summer. At one point, in fact, it seemed like George to LA was a done deal. More specifically, the Lakers were one of the two teams that had more than $15 million in cap space.

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