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Caldwell-Pope signs one year deal with Lakers
Wednesday Jul 12, 2017 12:00am

(LOS ANGELES) – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed to a one year, $18 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to sources. He is expected to have a significant role with the Lakers, who recruited him hard after he became an unrestricted free agent last week. The deal will enable Caldwell-Pope to re-enter the market in 2018, when the salary cap is expected to rise and there will be a strong market for shooting guards. Caldwell-Pope, 24, had the option of taking a $4.9 million one-year qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons before they renounced his rights last week. This deal makes him one of the top 10 highest-paid shooting guards in the league. It's a coup for the Lakers, who made landing a difference-making player such as Caldwell-Pope a priority with their remaining cap space, while also preserving flexibility for next summer. One remaining option for the team is free-agent point guard Rajon Rondo. Sources say that Rondo and the Lakers met Tuesday, and the team is still trying to find a way to sign him, even after its agreement with Caldwell-Pope, who averaged 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season with the Pistons. He is regarded as one of the league's best two-way wing players. Caldwell-Pope will miss the first two games of the 2017-18 season. The NBA suspended him following a March arrest in which he was pulled over for driving 45 mph in a 25 mph zone in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He was cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

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