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Nets, Lakers among top teams who could sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Nets, Lakers among top teams who could sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that if Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is willing to ink a one-year deal, the Lakers would have significant interest in signing him to such a contract. On the other hand, the thought of losing KCP in free agency wasn't a great alternative either as it would leave a hole in a team already barely on the fringe of the playoffs.

The Pistons' move indicates they are preparing for next summer when Bradley will become a free agent.

Pope was a restricted free agent garnering max contract consideration across the league after showing promise as a young, serviceable two-way wing in his fourth season.

Caldwell-Pope's -1.4 nERD would position him 5th among Lakers players now locked in for the 2017-18 season.

The former top-10 pick averaged 13.8 points while shooting at a 35 percent clip from three-point range this past season. The Nets are a "strong contender" to sign the 24-year-old, according to ESPN.

That makes Caldwell-Pope, who was reportedly seeking some $25 million, an unrestricted free agent, with the Brooklyn Nets reportedly interested in acquiring him.

File image of Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley.

After the Bradley deal, the Pistons are expected to be about $16.5 million below the hard cap, meaning they could not match any offers for Caldwell-Pope larger than that figure. The decision to renounce his rights frees up some money for Detroit, with Caldwell-Pope's qualifying offer being worth $4,958,374.

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