Pistons renounce Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, making him unrestricted free agent

Jul 09, 2017, 00:58
Pistons renounce Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, making him unrestricted free agent

The Detroit Pistons are renouncing their rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, which means he will now become an unrestricted free agent.

The escalation of the Pistons' payroll would've made it impossible for them to match an offer sheet without shedding contracts. The Nets have been considered a potential suitor for Caldwell-Pope since before free agency began. The 24-year-old will have a robust market that could include the Brooklyn Nets, assuming the Wizards match Otto Porter's signing sheet, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers if he chooses to pursue a short-term deal. ESPN already tipped the Lakers as interested in Caldwell-Pope on a short-term deal. However, the front office is said to prioritize shooting, which is an area the former Pistons guard could desperately improve.

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

Caldwell-Pope's pick-and-roll defense could still use some work, but considering he won't turn 25 until February and has proved capable of making developmental strides, he's a worthy gamble for teams in need of perimeter reinforcements.

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Selected by Detroit in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft (#8 overall), the Thomaston, Georgia native compiled averages of 11.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 30.2 minutes in 314 career NBA games (274 starts).

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