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

Posted July 13, 2017

Paul George has said that the idea of him storming after the Lakers in 2018 free agency is overblown.

Free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple reports.

Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) drives to the basket as Orlando Magic forward Terrence Ross (31) defends during the first quarter at Amway Center. Even though he has taken a cut to $18 million for the season, the one-year deal lets him get back on the market as soon as possible to hopefully receive a bigger offer after a strong stint in L.A. The Lakers came into the offseason needing a shooting guard after D'Angelo Russell was traded to the Brooklyn Nets and Nick Young opted out of his deal.

The former Detroit Pistons standout was a hot commodity on the free agent market, although many teams didn't want to overpay for his services. He spent the first four seasons of his career playing for the Pistons, and over the past few years he solidified himself as one of the better two-way guards in the league. 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.

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In the 39 games before the injury, he was averaging 14.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3 assists, hitting 40 percent on 3-pointers. Rose averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game with NY last season, showing that he can still play despite all of his past injuries.

The Lakers also reportedly remain interested in signing Rajon Rondo, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. It is believed he will play a significant role on a rising team.

The fact that the Lakers would like to do one-year deals with both players doesn't mean that one (or both) couldn't be a part of their future. A one-year deal would be flawless 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.

The Lakers now have $17 million in cap space but can get to $18.3 million in space.

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