Detroit Pistons Rumors
The Pistons are prepared to match any offer sheet he receives, even if it produced a maximum contract, according to multiple persons with firsthand knowledge of the franchise’s thinking. One person told the Free Press: “We can’t lose him.” It’s fair to question this path. Caldwell-Pope improved in his fourth season with the Pistons, but his performance fell off after the All-Star break. His growth has been tremendous since his rookie season, and there’s confidence he will reach his ceiling.
If Stanley Johnson would have progressed enough to earn the starting spot from Van Gundy, the Pistons could have considered letting Caldwell-Pope walk. But with the team’s current cap situation, there really is no way to replace him if he were to leave.
A person with firsthand knowledge of the situation told the Free Press there was interest in Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, but no traction. The price for George is high, and it widely is believed he will eventually head to the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent; he is expected to opt out of the final season of his contract after next season.
“We think KCP is a very, very good young player who has been an important part of our core. He’s 24 years old and still on the upside. Through the All-Star break, he had made some significant gains in the way he played,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Friday, in the season-ending press conference at The Palace. “He’s a guy we really like and we look forward to his continued development.”