Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Opens Up on Lakers Fans After Facing Heavy Criticism From Them

Los Angeles decided to give Kentavious Caldwell-Pope a two-year deal worth $16 million in July 2019 just to help the Lakers reach the top of the league. Many analysts criticized the team for making this move. KCP had two poor seasons with the team and fans didn’t quite appreciate his efforts. He was receiving an unhealthy dose of criticism on a daily basis.

Well, Caldwell-Pope had a good season and an incredible game in the NBA playoffs. Lakers fans have praised him and his contribution to the game. The Lakers veteran appeared on ESPN’s The Jump, and talked about the Lakers fan and their toughness.

“LA fans have their expectations of the team and I respect that,” KCP said. “They hold you accountable and they’re real die-hard fans. They expect you to be the best because of the organization, LA, it’s the Lakers. Kobe ran the town for 20 years so it’s high expectations from the fans and I respect that. It’s a love-hate relationship. They’ll be on you, they expect your best and they love you regardless.”

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to leave the Lakers

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Caldwell-Pope will probably decline the $8.5 million player option. He had a great season with the Lakers, and he will probably get a better deal this time. LA has his bird rights, and they would be able to match the offers he receives.

If NBA teams are willing to give KCP $14 million or more, LA may decide to cut ties with him. If the front office moves Danny Green’s contract, it can gain better flexibility. Well, things won’t go that easy.

Caldwell-Pope is an excellent 3&D player and LA got the best of his skills. His game is a perfect match for LeBron James and Anthony Davis. If Caldwell-Pope returns and plays his best basketball, he can definitely help LA compete for another trophy.

The Hawks have shown interest in signing Caldwell-Pope. Trae Young will sure need a veteran to lead his way on the floor. To be honest, KCP has the best experience and he would also bring championship magic to any NBA team.