Pistons reportedly renouncing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
- Author: Regina Holmes Jul 09, 2017,
Jul 09, 2017, 0:55
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is now free to sign with any National Basketball Association team after the Pistons renounced his rights Friday, ESPN reported.
Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) reacts after being called for a technical foul during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
But dealing him gives Boston room under the salary cap to sign All-Star free agent forward Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million maximum contract.
The Lakers will be young and building around Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, so a potential one-year addition of Caldwell-Pope could help the team's short-term growth. Sacramento is considered done with free agency.
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Instead of having to choose between overpaying to keep KCP or letting him walk, the Pistons move on with his replacement in place.
Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season while shooting 35 percent on 3-point attempts. He is widely believed to be the top free agent available in the market, thanks to his youth and two-way style of play.
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.
With the Pistons trading for Avery Bradley on Friday morning, the team looks to be moving on from the 24-year-old out of Georgia, as they've made him an unrestricted free agent. If not, they gain cap flexibility they wouldn't have if they were locked into a deal with Caldwell-Pope.