Kentavious Caldwell-Pope agrees to one-year, $18 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers have secured one of the top shooting guards in free agency, rounding out a solid roster for the long term.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope agrees to one-year, $18 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers
Caldwell-Pope entered free agency after one of his best seasons yet. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America

In his fourth year with the Detroit PistonsKentavious Caldwell-Pope produced averages of 13.8 points, 2.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game with a slash line of .399/.350/.832, the latter percentages being career-high marks.

Caldwell-Pope had a nice year in which he was asked to facilitate with the ball in lieu of Reggie Jackson's absence. His scoring and distributing improved in the process.

It's shocking to see this is only a one-year agreement, but it's excellent nonetheless. Credit: Michael Reaves/Getty Images North America
It's shocking to see this is only a one-year agreement, but it's excellent nonetheless.
Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images North America

The Los Angeles Lakers and Caldwell-Pope have now agreed to a one-year, $18 million contract, securing a mid-level shooting guard for an improving roster. With the acquisition of Brook Lopez and the drafting of Lonzo Ball, the Lakers have not been quiet this summer.

Expectations

That being said, the playoffs appear to be Magic Johnson's main objective this season. With the likes of Ball, Lopez, and Caldwell-Pope, that could very well be possible.

The other young assets that are highly capable of bringing the Lakers to relevance again are Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram, the former having a phenomenal year himself. There's no doubt the Lakers have pieces, it's just a matter of how Head coach Luke Walton implements his offensive and defensive schemes.

Caldwell-Pope is only 24, joining one of the biggest markets in basketball where expectations are high. His improvements on the offensive and defensive ends have not gone unnoticed, so this is his chance to make a name for himself on a team with no definitive star power at this time. One of the main issues for Walton to address with Caldwell-Pope will be his consistency on offense, as he's been a spotty shooter much of the year.

Caldwell-Pope is an adept scorer and defender, but can be wildly inconsistent. Credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America
Caldwell-Pope is an adept scorer and defender, but can be wildly inconsistent.
Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America

Johnson Thriving in New Position

Johnson has made the Lakers appear like a team to look out for in the near future. Since one of his main goals is to make 2018 free agents, adding Caldwell-Pope to a team that has already excelled from last season appears like a strong move to most. Ball is one of the cornerstones of Johnson's movement toward relevance, and whoever surrounds him will surely help make this team a whole lot more lethal.

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