Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo meet with Lakers

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo meet with Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers made their first move of free agency on Tuesday night agreeing to a one-year, $18 million deal with former Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN. Last season with Detroit, he averaged 13.8 points per game, which is lower than his career average. They are interested in doing one-year deals to protect their cap space in 2018, when the free-agent market will be loaded with stars. It is believed he will play a significant role on a rising team.

With Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers are getting a player who will give 100% effort on the defensive end, something the team lacked last season.

On Wednesday, it was reported that another good guard is headed to Los Angeles. With Jordan Clarkson already on the roster, Nwaba would have been battling with Hart to be third on the shooting guard depth chart.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is heading west. What Lakers fans should be most excited about is how Lonzo Ball can elevate C+/B- players like Caldwell-Pope to B/B+ players. Los Angeles became a solid offensive team last season under first-year coach Luke Walton, but only two teams allowed more than the Lakers' 111.5 points per game.

Pistons president Stan Van Gundy said Monday that the Pistons were still looking to retain Caldwell-Pope, despite the fact that they would have been far above the salary cap and into the luxury tax.

One thing to note about Caldwell-Pope, he, along with nearly every player in the National Basketball Association nowadays, likes to shoot three's. Not a great shooter from three, having someone who can create for him should only assist Caldwell-Pope in upping his percentages.

Signing Caldwell-Pope for one year is mutually beneficial for both sides. He's only 24-years-old, standing tall at 6'5, with the ability to knock down shots from behind the arc, as well as defend.

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. 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.

While the addition of Caldwell-Pope doesn't appear to make Los Angeles a playoff contender this season, in the stacked Western Conference, it could keep them out of the cellar with a chance to surprise.

However, this time they are not planning to go home empty-handed.

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