Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returns to Lakers on three-year deal

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Los Angeles Lakers
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The Los Angeles Lakers have made a variety of key moves so far this NBA offseason. It began with a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for Dennis Schroder and then was followed up with the surprise free agency signing of Montrezl Harrell. The latest is the re-signing of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Caldwell-Pope has agreed to a three-year deal worth $40 million to return to the Lakers. His previous deal with Los Angeles was worth roughly two-years, $16.6 million— earning himself more long-term stability.

During the 2019-20 NBA season, Caldwell-Pope appeared in 66 regular season games for the Lakers and started in 26 of those. He averaged 25.3 minutes, 9.3 points, 2.1 rebound, and 1.6 assists while shooting 38.5% from beyond the arc.

Last season, the Lakers began by involving Bradley prominently in their rotation but he ultimately opted out of playing during the restart— forcing more reliance on Caldwell-Pope. Bradley has since departed from Los Angeles—creating a need for Caldwell-Pope to stay in that role.

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After coming off a successful NBA championship run, the Lakers will look to defend their title with LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the way. However, it takes impactful complementary talents like Caldwell-Pope to be able to complete a run.

Next up for the Los Angeles Lakers will be to get Anthony Davis to sign his contract extension. Then the organization will be ready for the upcoming NBA season and will aim to defend their title as the league champions. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be important in the process.

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