Pistons Renounce rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

The shooting guard had been a restricted free agent, but with Detroit set to acquire Avery Bradley from the Celtics in a trade reported earlier Friday, any possibility of Caldwell-Pope remaining in Motown disappeared.

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.

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With the Pistons trading for Avery Bradley on Friday morning, the team looks to be moving on from the 24-year-old out of Georgia, as they've made him an unrestricted free agent. The Knicks will presumably sign Tim Hardaway Jr.as the Hawks are not expected to match the offer sheet. 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.

Bradley will also improve the Pistons' three-point shooting ability as the 39% he shot last season would have led the Pistons. He averaged 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 79 games with the Pistons last season.

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The problem is the Nets now have nearly all of their salary-cap space tied up in an offer sheet to Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter Jr., their first-choice restricted free agent.

As for Caldwell-Pope himself, he would give the Lakers a young knockdown shooter who would help space the floor and would fit well in the backcourt next to Lonzo Ball.

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