Kentavious Caldwell-Pope signs with the Los Angeles Lakers

Posted July 13, 2017

The Nets' pending trade of Justin Hamilton for veteran Raptors small forward DeMarre Carroll plus first- and second-round picks in the 2018 draft was expected to become official Wednesday night when the money the Nets committed to an offer sheet for Wizards restricted free agent Otto Porter Jr. was freed.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Lakers and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal.

Although the Lakers dished out $18 million to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Woj reports that the front office is still looking to add Rondo as a mentor for rookie Lonzo Ball.

The Pistons changed course last week, acquiring guard Avery Bradley from the Boston Celtics for Marcus Morris and rescinding Caldwell-Pope's qualifying offer of $5 million.

The Lakers, albeit under previous management, have experience doing this as they waived former point guard Kendall Marshall in a similar move.

Caldwell-Pope has made significant strides as a lockdown defender in the past few seasons, and he has continued to work on his offensive game. 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. The Lakers roster now sits at 14 players.

Like Clarkson, Pope has spent his first few seasons in the National Basketball Association playing for a team that lacked the talent and assets to be a playoff contender.

Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and a career-high 2.5 assists in 76 games last season with the Pistons.

Caldwell-Pope is a good signing for the Lakers, who look to build around their young core. That it happened this late in the offseason left Caldwell-Pope without many options, and played right into the Lakers' hands.

The Lakers would get an A-plus grade here if they can land both players on one-year deals. Rondo signed a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings after his short stint in Dallas and signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Bulls before the 2016-17 season, but Chicago waived him on June 30.