3 takeaways from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope deal

G Caldwell Pope agrees to one-year deal with Lakers

The Lakers landed a huge free agent.

The Los Angeles Lakers met with free agents Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Popeon Tuesday, sources told ESPN. If Caldwell-Pope is a reliable spot-up target for Ball as the starting shooting guard and he handles the offense a bit himself, then he'll really help the Lakers.

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. Caldwell-Pope, 24, instantly becomes one of the top-10 highest-paid shooting guards in the National Basketball Association and can cash in again next summer when the salary cap is expected to be even higher.

With the drafting of Duke shooting guard Luke Kennard, the Pistons viewed Caldwell-Pope as expendable and they rescinded the qualifying offer.

Caldwell-Pope, 24, became a restricted free agent in October when the Pistons and agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini failed to reach an agreement before the deadline. No matter what happens, the Lakers added a young, talented shooting guard to help Ball's transition to the National Basketball Association.

The Lakers President of Basketball Operations, Magic Johnson, seems to be highly confident in his new young core and has been actively involved since being hired for the position this year. It's a risk, as with any gamble, because next year's market looks to be even tighter than this market was, which was already significantly less player-friendly than last year's.

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.

Nwaba had been playing in Summer League with the Lakers, showing fortitude as one of the team's strongest players. If the things work out the way both sides are hoping to, Caldwell-Pope might be in Lakers uniform for more than one season. 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.

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