Saturday, 22 July, 2017

Pistons reportedly renouncing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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Spencer Simpson | 09 July, 2017, 00:58

Detroit made the move Friday morning, hours after acquiring Avery Bradley in a trade with the Boston Celtics that also netted the team a future second-round pick for Marcus Morris to Boston. But they signed guard Langston Galloway to a three-year, $21 million contract and acquired Bradley, one of the top two-way guards in the National Basketball Association, from the Boston Celtics for forward Marcus Morris.

The Lakers would likely sign Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, "prove it" deal in Los Angeles. Sacramento is considered done with free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that if Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is willing to ink a one-year deal, the Lakers would have significant interest in signing him to such a contract. In adding Bradley, the Pistons get not only a replacement but an upgrade. He's regarded as a strong two-way offensive and defensive player.

Caldwell-Pope, 24, has played four National Basketball Association seasons for the Pistons, averaging 13.8 points in the 2016-17 season - and 11.7 per game in his career.

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Bradley became expendable in Boston due to their need to shed salary to fit Hayward's deal and because he is just a year away from a big payday himself.

The Pistons' move indicates they are preparing for next summer when Bradley will become a free agent.

"Caldwell-Pope is a player they feel could help them long-term, but it's a prelude to their pursuit of LeBron James, potentially", Wojnarowski said.

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