2018 Free Agency

Reports: Los Angeles Lakers agree to one-year deal with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Hot off the heels of landing LeBron James, the Lakers have agreed to retain guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $12 million deal per multiple reports.

Caldwell-Pope joined the Lakers last summer on a one-year, $18-million deal, after which he averaged 13.4 points and 1.4 steals per game.

The Los Angeles Times Tania Ganguli has more on Caldwell-Pope’s return to the Lakers and what it means for the team:

Caldwell-Pope spent last season with the Lakers on a one-year deal worth $18 million, after spending the first four years of his career with Detroit. By the end of the season, he had become a reliable starting guard for the Lakers and a good example for the young players, especially with his one-on-one defense.

Caldwell-Pope made a career high 42.6% of his shots and was the Lakers’ best free-throw shooter at 78.9%.

In part of December and January, Caldwell-Pope played on work release while serving a 25-day jail sentence that stemmed from a probation violation related to his arrest in March 2017 for allowing a person to drive his car while under the influence.

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