During a brief interview with reporters Sunday, Pistons owner Tom Gores expressed a strong desire to retain the 23-year-old shooting guard. Even if means signing Caldwell-Pope to a maximum-level contract. “I know Kentavious well,” Gores said. “He is a hard worker, he is reliable and he is improving everyday. He should be a Piston. That’s just bottom line: he has what it takes to be a Piston.”
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Hampered by a shoulder injury of late, Caldwell-Pope is averaging 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and a career-high 3.0 assists per game. He’s shooting 42.6 percent from the floor, including a career-best 40.4 percent from the 3-point line. “He was a shy guy when I met him, and he’s become a leader,” Gores said.
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Should both sides not come to an agreement, Caldwell-Pope and Bullock would become restricted free agents at season’s end. “We haven’t been able to reach an agreement with either guy right now,” Van Gundy said before the Pistons hosted the Milwaukee Bucks. “We’ll see what happens. We don’t think it’s a make-or-break thing for us.”
Market value and a rising salary cap in 2017-18 could mean Caldwell-Pope, 23, could command around $20 million a season. Re-signing him — and the Pistons have said they want to — would push them into the luxury tax, a play team owner Tom Gores has said he’s willing to make. “I don’t look at it as a necessity, but we would like to get something done,” Van Gundy said. “We like both guys; we’d like to have them around long-term. But it has to be something obviously that works for both sides. At this point, we don’t have that.”
Bullock, acquired in a 2015 trade from the Phoenix Suns, has been inactive in the first three games for the Pistons. He averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 37 games for Detroit in 2015-16. “There’s not a lot of talking to be done because there’s not a lot of time,” Van Gundy said. “So there’s a little talking to be done. Jeff (Bower) is still in contact with both guys’ agents and they’re still talking. But obviously, the time is getting short right now. We’ll just see what happens.”
With roughly 24 hours remaining before the deadline for contract extensions for swingmen Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Bullock, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told the Free Press this morning “it’s hard to be optimistic.” Caldwell-Pope and Bullock would become restricted free agents next off-season if they don’t sign agreements by 5 p.m. Monday. “We don’t have anything yet,” Van Gundy said. “We still would like to, but it’s not the end of the world. On those things, it’s gotta be something that both sides feel good about.”
The Pistons’ payroll is growing and owner Tom Gores will likely face a luxury tax bill for being over the league’s tax line next year. Gores has said he wants the Pistons to retain Caldwell-Pope, the team’s best perimeter defender, and has indicated he will willingly pay the tax.
There was gossip over the summer that it would take a deal worth north of $20 million per year to get Caldwell-Pope’s signature. But the Pistons’ payroll is burgeoning, and owner Tom Gores likely will face a luxury-tax bill for being over the NBA’s tax line. Gores has said he wants the Pistons to retain Caldwell-Pope, the team’s best perimeter defender, and has indicated he will willingly pay the freight. But Gores would be well within his rights to limit the cost for a team that has proven only it can make the playoffs as the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed.
Detroit Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy said Wednesday the organization remains in contact with the representatives of swingmen Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Bullock for possible contract extensions. The deadline is Oct. 31. If deals aren’t reached, the two players will be restricted free agents next summer. “We definitely have a desire to get something done with both of them,” Van Gundy said. “I think both agents are clear on that from our side. “It’s a matter of two things — it’s a matter of what they want to do and obviously it’s a matter of money, so that’s where the negotiations are.”
It will be interesting to see how the Pistons handle the situation. The team is already projected to be over the cap for the 2017-18 season, and a Caldwell-Pope extension would almost assuredly put the Pistons into luxury tax territory. But owner Tom Gores told the Free Press recently he has no qualms about being a taxpayer. “Look, if we weren’t building a core, there’s really no point in paying the luxury tax,” Gores said. “Because we are building a core, would I do it? Yeah, absolutely. So you say go into the luxury tax for nothing, then that would be silly because then we’re putting the franchise behind. But given that we have such a good core, if that’s what it took, and we feel we’ve made such progress this year, I wouldn’t hesitate to do it because we want to keep getting better.”
With a possible KCP extension, you could threaten the luxury tax line (an NBA mechanism to curtail teams’ spending). Thoughts on being a luxury taxpayer? Gores: “Look, if we weren’t building a core, there’s really no point in paying the luxury tax. Because we are building a core, would I do it? Yeah, absolutely. This is a tremendous team. If you go down the line, player by player, and especially our young folks, these are real players. You look at KCP as a very diverse player. He keeps working at his game and you look at his improvement and just like anybody else, he will improve in other areas. Part of Stan’s coaching philosophy obviously is defense. So you say go into the luxury tax for nothing, then that would be silly because then we’re putting the franchise behind. But given that we have such a good core, if that’s what it took, and we feel we’ve made such progress this year, I wouldn’t hesitate to do it because we want to keep getting better.”
But with the Detroit Pistons’ fourth-year shooting guard eligible for a contract extension, the questions will keep coming until it’s resolved. Caldwell-Pope says the situation is not on his mind. “I haven’t thought about it,” Caldwell-Pope told the Free Press on Monday after working against Team USA as part of the USA Select team on UNLV’s campus. “I’m focusing this summer on getting better, and let my agent handle all that. I haven’t even talked to my agent about that. I’m just working on my game for next season.”
The two sides had preliminary talks earlier in the off-season, but agreed to wait until later in the summer to see if a deal can be reached. “We’ve got plenty of time,” Pistons president Stan Van Gundy said recently. “Everybody needs to sort of be able to take a breath at the end of this so there’s no real rush on that. “Everybody knows he’s a guy we consider part of our core and would love to have long term.”
There was speculation among observers at the Orlando Pro Summer League that Caldwell-Pope could seek a multi-year deal worth around $20 million per season – understandable if you see the money being thrown around this off-season. That’s a price the Pistons are probably unwilling to pay – they’d rather get a deal around $15 million per season. Further complicating matters is news that the luxury tax for the 2017-18 season is projected at $122 million – down from an April projection $127 million.
The Pistons are going to be over the cap $104 million cap for 2017-18 but a significant Caldwell-Pope raise would have the Pistons threatening the luxury tax line and its expensive penalties. If no deal is reached by late October, Caldwell-Pope becomes a restricted free agent next off-season.
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was not anxious to discuss the possibility of a contract extension this summer but that may be because he isn’t anxious to do it. The Detroit Pistons guard is eligible for an extension of his rookie contract this summer. If the Pistons and Caldwell-Pope do not reach agreement on an extension, which would take effect in 2017-18, then the player could become a restricted free agent in 2017. “Yeah, I mean, why do it now? It’s not in my mind. I mean, it could happen. If it does happen, it happens. But right now I’m going to stay focused and get better,” Caldwell-Pope said.
Caldwell-Pope’s agent is Rich Paul, who will handle any talks. […] “Right now, I’m just going to let my agent handle all that,” Caldwell-Pope said. “If you have any questions about that, I really can’t answer them. I let my agent answer for me. I don’t know. We haven’t really talked about it.”
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Oklahoma City further added to its stockpile of future first-round picks as the Utah Jazz agreed to send a future No. 1 and center Derrick Favors to the Thunder for a future second-round pick, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday. Before the move, the Thunder already had 12 first-round picks above and beyond their own — some of which they can swap — over the next five drafts. Oklahoma City traded the No. 16 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to the Houston Rockets for two future first-rounders — in 2022 (via the Pistons) and 2023 (via the Wizards). The Rockets then used the selection to pick Alperen Sengun.
Colangelo on Trae Young: “I’m happy that he wants to play for USA Basketball. We had him in one of our camps. We know him in USA Basketball. He’s done really well in the NBA. But predicated on what we felt we needed, he didn’t fit the bill this time around. He’s a young player, he has a future with USA Basketball but it was the opinion of our staff that it wasn’t now. It’s for others to make the declaration ‘you made a mistake.’”
Can roster continuity ever return? Colangelo: “Some things are under your control and some things are not. When I took over I did have some control over setting the tone. I did want a three-year commitment. I needed three-year commitments and I got them. Be it from Carmelo, LeBron, Wade, Chris Paul, etc. We had a good format where we had competition every two years. But the powers that be changed the format and they thought it was going to be a positive — and I immediately said it may be good for the rest of the world but it’s not for USA Basketball.”
As for the players, Colangelo pointed to injuries to Kyle Kuzma, Jayson Tatum, and Marcus Smart that did them in during the World Cup, and the pandemic-condensed schedule that kept a quarter of the roster away because they were in the Finals. And also, this team, as constructed, can still win gold. “If we had everyone in training camp at one time and we were working collectively toward all of our goals and objectives, we would have been much further along. … If all things were equal, we all had the same time to practice, we all had our rosters set, blah blah blah, I don’t think we’d be having this discussion. I don’t. But that’s not the case. So we are gonna do everything we can to overcome it now, and I believe we will.” — Colangelo
Aaron Baynes was ruled out for the rest of the Olympics after suffering a neck injury, Australia announced Friday. The injury during the Boomer’s win over Italy in the preliminary round of the tournament, Sunday. Baynes is expected to recover in the coming weeks, but not in time to help Australia for the rest of the tournament. Australia, who has a 2-0 record in the Olympics, will face Germany Saturday in the third pool game of Group B.
Spain players Marc Gasol, Alberto Abalde and Usman Garuba have been placed in semi-isolation after coming into close contact with with a person who tested positive for COVID-19,EFE reports, citing confirmation by the Spanish Federation. All three players can practice and play in the games but have to stay in individual rooms and travel in a different vehicle than the rest of the national team squad.
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“If we don’t win, people will have their opportunity to take shots. I’m the one that has to look in the mirror and know that I did my best,” Colangelo said. “I’ll tell you in advance the answer is yes. I believe we’re going to win.”