The Los Angeles Lakers have a pretty wild offseason and they have already made a few moves. The team got Dennis Schroder and traded Danny Green to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is next on the list. Los Angeles did a big trade, and NBA analysts have made some predictions regarding the few starters who will probably opt out of their regular season. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the Lakers veteran will become free agent.
This doesn’t come as a surprise. KCP had a good performance in the postseason, and he sure deserves a good deal. The Lakers should definitely be worried about Caldwell-Pope’s readiness to hear other offers. Green was part of the Schroder trade and Avery Bradley is opting out. Los Angeles should definitely try to keep KCP on the roster.
The Lakers to lose the free agent
Many NBA teams are ready to give Caldwell-Pope a good deal. This is far from great news for the Lakers. KCP has just won a ring, and will probably hope to get better money.
What makes Caldwell-Pope so special? He can put up double-digit points every game. He can elevate his game in clutch situations.
The Phoenix Suns may definitely do an effort to get him. They haven’t made the playoffs in a decade, but they sure looked well in Orlando. Devin Booker gave the team an undefeated record in the seeding games. Phoenix has a lot of young talents and NBA analysts see them as an up-and-coming franchise. Caldwell-Pope would give the Phoenix veteran experience and he has also won a championship.
The Atlanta Hawks have been linked to KCP, too. The team is expected to do some moves this offseason. KCP comes from Georgia, remember? He may want to go home at this point of his career. Atlanta hasn’t made the playoffs in the last three years. However, Trae Young is definitely a promising player. KCP won’t turn them into a playoff franchise, but he sure adds talent to the team.
Los Angeles has a big advantage in the situation. Klutch Sports represents Caldwell-Pope. It’s the same agency that represents LeBron James and Anthony Davis.