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Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Where should Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sign?

Where should Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sign?

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

Sources tell ESPN that former Detroit Piston Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed to a one year, $18 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Pistons owner Tom Gores had indicated during the season that the Pistons would have been willing to go into the luxury tax to re-sign Caldwell-Pope, which would have been the case if he had gotten a max offer sheet from another team. The Lakers might not be done yet either, as they're looking at two points guards. That made Caldwell-Pope an unrestricted free agent, open to sign with any team; by that time, the free-agent market was tepid, with big-dollar deals drying up the available market.

The Los Angeles Lakers are still hopeful that they can sign guard Rajon Rondo in free agency, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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. 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.

Caldwell-Pope will join No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball as the likely starters in the Lakers' remade backcourt.

The 6-5 shooting guard averaged 13.8 points per game in 2016-17. He's younger than Rondo, but doesn't bring the veteran presence the Lakers are searching for. A team of Ball, Caldwell-Pope, LeBron/George, Randle and Lopez. It is believed he will play a significant role on a rising team. At one point, in fact, it seemed like George to LA was a done deal.

The Lakers now have $17 million in cap space but can get to $18.3 million in space. As ESPN's Bobby Marks points out, Los Angeles is up there in terms of the most available cap space in the National Basketball Association, so at least one of these two players agreeing to sign a short-term deal could certainly happen.

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