NBA Rumor: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Free Agency

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Dave McMenamin agreed Caldwell-Pope remaining with the Lakers is a possibility, but he also raised the point of his contract instead being used to trade for DeMar DeRozan: “I certainly don’t think this means he has one foot out the door, but it does mean he’s earned a better salary than what he was making. $8.5 million, obviously in the real world that’s a great salary, but as a high-level NBA starter who was basically the Lakers’ third-best player throughout their playoff run, he should be looking at a salary in the $12 to $14 or $15 million range. The Lakers, because they have his bird rights, can offer that to him. Or he can be an attractive sign and trade piece. Things might not be completely dead in terms of their interest in a guy like DeMar DeRozan.”

“It has to be the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. And it’s more about getting their house in order,” Marks said on SportsCenter when asked what teams will be the most active in NBA free agency. “What I mean is you’ve the contract of Anthony Davis to work out. You’ve three free agents with players options particularly Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo. And I think what the Lakers are going to have to do is make a decision between players like Rondo and Markieff Morris versus going out and using their mid-level exception.”

Hawks could emerge as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suitor

That means the Warriors will need one of three things to happen. First, they can hope for a repeat of the scenario that played out last summer with Cousins: A free agent doesn’t receive the offers he expects to land and decides that he’d rather take less money to play one season in Golden State before reentering the market the following summer. Sources mentioned Reggie Bullock and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as players who could potentially find themselves in that situation.

He’s been employed by the Lakers for the last two years, playing on one-year contracts and making $12 million this season, but his future uncertain. There are 29 other clubs in the NBA and Caldwell-Pope is showcasing his skills for them, too. “Man, I’m just out there playing,” Caldwell-Pope said Sunday night. “Yes, I’ll be looking for a job for next season, but my job right now is to play my best basketball for the Lakers and then we’ll see where things stand.”

As the Knicks plot out their future during this downtrending season, a particular mold of player remains a priority for the front office, according to sources: an athletic wing. One of that ilk who has piqued New York’s interest is Lakers forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer. Caldwell-Pope certainly fits the ideal at just 24 years old with potential as an elite perimeter defender. He does carry some baggage, however, after serving a jail sentence this season for violating probation.
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Caldwell-Pope is now on the Los Angeles Lakers, where he signed a one-year, $17.7 million deal. It feels like an uncomfortable stasis for a player in his fifth season, enduring his second contract year in a row. But the 24-year-old has yet to test the shortcomings of his game for the sake of his own individual growth or production, at the cost of his team’s success. Instead, he’s solely focused on finding ways to move L.A.’s needle in a positive way. His teammates respect that, understand how important he is, and recognize the partnership could end sooner than anyone wants it to. “If I put myself in his shoes, it’d just be tough to embrace everybody and kind of get into the whole team aspect knowing that next summer is another free agent year,” Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. told VICE Sports. “But he’s done a terrific job of being selfless and looking out for others.”
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“When we made this deal, me and my agent, we discussed it multiple times,” Caldwell-Pope told VICE Sports. “We knew the risk we were taking. Nine times out of 10 I’d like to bet on myself. That’s what we did. It’s a one-year deal, and so far this season it’s been going well.” This is far from basketball purgatory, but it’s also not an obvious home. Caldwell-Pope doesn’t have a lot of time to fit in; for reasons we’ll get into later on, it’s more likely than not he’ll be in a different city next season. “There’s no benefit [to a one-year deal]. I’m up again next year,” he said. “I could be here, or be wherever I land.”

His agent, Rich Paul, then called the Lakers. He knew they had been saving salary cap space for a one-year deal, he knew they needed a shooting guard and he knew they could be a good fit for his client. “Rich had called us with a possibility he would consider us for a one-year deal,” Johnson said. “Rob and I really started watching film and we were just blown away. … I wanted somebody mean and tough that we could count on to get that big stop for us.”

The Lakers agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal with free-agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope after meeting with him on Tuesday, according to league sources familiar with the situation. The Lakers see the deal satisfying their specific free-agent priorities. Though Caldwell-Pope has averaged 11.7 points on 40.5 percent from the field through four years with the Detroit Pistons before making him an unrestricted free agent, the Lakers liked Caldwell-Pope’s emergence as a shooter after making 35 percent of his 3-point shots last season. The Lakers like his defense and team-first mentality. By holding firm on only offering one-year deals, the Lakers can maximize purchasing power next summer to pursue possible marquee free agents, including Paul George, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.

The Pistons already were over the salary cap and with the Galloway move, possibly made it more difficult to get Caldwell-Pope. “The issue is that KCP’s maximum salary is $24.8 million, so if he got an offer sheet somewhere else for the maximum and Brooklyn — once Otto Porter gets the max — seems like the only reasonable option to do that,” NBA cap expert Nate Duncan told The Detroit News. “If that happens, (the Pistons) — as it stands right now — could not match and could not go over that apron for any reason at any time during the season, once they sign Langston Galloway.”

Monroe and agent, David Falk, were trying to create an avenue for a sign-and-trade. Van Gundy said that’s not the case with Caldwell-Pope and his representatives. “It’s been a whole different process with (agents) Rich Paul and Mark Termini than it was with David Falk,” Van Gundy said after the Pistons’ summer league victory over the Charlotte Hornets. “It’s been a different thing in what went on. David was really more than trying to go out and get an offer in Greg’s case. “They were really trying to push us to make a trade and the whole thing. That’s not been the process at all here, so it’s been a totally different thing. Not saying one’s better than the other, it’s just two totally different things.”

Pistons to match any offer for KCP?

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.

Rod Beard‏: #Pistons SVG on keeping Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who will be a restricted free agent and could get some huge.. “We only don’t have (KCP) next year if we decide we don’t want him next year. There’s no team out there that can decide they’re going to have KCP next year — it’s on us. “It will be our decision this summer whether he’s in Detroit next year. Other people can want him but they need us to acquiesce if they’re going to have him.”

KCP on Nets' radar

With up to $33 million to spend — and seemingly as many holes to fill on the roster — the Nets will be looking to strike it big in free agency this summer. And Tuesday they got an up-close look at one of their top targets: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Both scouts and former teammates told The Post that Caldwell-Pope, who had 19 points and four rebounds in a 98-96 loss to the Nets Tuesday, has become the most important piece on a Pistons roster that features All-Star Andre Drummond, and young standouts Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris. That’s why Brooklyn is expected to make the two-way wing a top priority this summer.

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.”

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope extension unlikely

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.”
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