The Lakers Score Big With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Signing

  • The Lakers Score Big With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Signing

The Lakers Score Big With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Signing

The Lakers landed a huge free agent.

The former Pistons first rounder has a agreed to a one-year, $18 million contract with the Lakers, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Well, we can all say that nearly nothing has gone according to plan for the Detroit Pistons when it comes to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in free agency. The Lakers had committed themselves to offering only one-year deals this year, but to compensate they were offering the remainder or most of their salary-cap space for those deals.

The teams that still have significant salary-cap room to offer Caldwell-Pope a big contract, beside the Nets and Lakers, include Atlanta, Philadelphia and Phoenix. With players such as LeBron James, Paul George and Russell Westbrook potentially hitting the open market, this could be a golden opportunity for Los Angeles to turn things around overnight. Caldwell-Pope was having the best season of his career, until a shoulder injury in January caused him to miss four games - and derailed the rest of his season.

Last season, Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 2.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 33.3 minutes per game.

Caldwell-Pope is a good signing for the Lakers, who look to build around their young core. It'd also be interesting to see how Caldwell-Pope and Clarkson would wind up on the depth chart at shooting guard, but it's hard to envision Clarkson being pushed back to the second-team at this point.

One player to keep an eye on for the exception is point guard Rajon Rondo. Even still, the expectations for what role Rondo would play with the Lakers is an interesting topic.

Nwaba had been playing in Summer League with the Lakers, showing fortitude as one of the team's strongest players. As ESPN's Bobby Marks points out, Los Angeles is up there in terms of the most available cap space in the National Basketball Association, so at least one of these two players agreeing to sign a short-term deal could certainly happen. Both of those players took visits earlier on Tuesday.