Pistons renounce Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, making him unrestricted free agent
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jul 09, 2017,
Jul 09, 2017, 0:58
With Bradley on his way to Detroit, the Pistons withdrew their $5.5 million qualifying offer and renounced their rights to restricted free-agent guard Kentavius Caldwell-Pope.
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.
Teams with projected cap space include Brooklyn (but only if the Otto Porter offer sheet is matched), Chicago, Indiana, LA Lakers, New York (but only if the Tim Hardaway Jr. offer sheet is matched), Orlando, Philadelphia and Sacramento.
A 2013 lottery pick of the Pistons, Caldwell-Pope has steadily morphed into a solid three-and-D contributor over the past four seasons. Here's a team that had hard-capped itself, even with Caldwell-Pope still on the restricted free agent market.
The Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in signing him and hope that will help their pursuit of LeBron James in free agency next summer, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Caldwell-Pope led the team in scoring 17 times and among National Basketball Association league leaders, he ranked 37 in minutes per game (33.3 mpg).
After signing Andre Drummond to a max deal last offseason in addition to carrying big contracts for Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris, the prospect of having to match a max or near-max offer sheet for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was not particularly palatable. However, the front office is said to prioritize shooting, which is an area the former Pistons guard could desperately improve.