With the free agent market drying up, the Lakers got their hands on a very solid player in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. There was mutual interest between Pope and the Lakers before the deal was done according to ESPN.
Caldwell-Pope agrees to 1-year, 18M deal w/LAL. Both sides get what they want; KCP gets top $, back to market in '18 https://t.co/KbCsd8Tr5L
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 12, 2017
Pope signs a 1-year deal worth $18 mil and heads West. Pope has played his entire NBA career with Detroit. Last season, Pope averaged 13.8 ppg, 2.5 apg , and 3.3 rpg. He’s a very athletic and lengthy guard that plays very good defense. Both Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have stated that they weren’t going to be major players in this summer’s free agency, but landing Pope was a great move. The Lakers fill a void and they hold on to their cap space for summer 2018.