He was the third-best Laker during the playoffs, and he has the same agent as LeBron James and Anthony Davis. There was always an excellent chance Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would re-sign with the Lakers. The only questions were years and money.
The answer is three years for $40 million, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Third year for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the Lakers contains a partial guarantee, sources say. The deal gives him a $15M average salary over next two seasons and $68M guaranteed over five years — and last year’s championship ring soon. https://t.co/LssARAoEpV
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 22, 2020
This was the most the Lakers could offer KCP. While Rich Paul looked around for a larger payday, the teams left with money to spend — the Knicks, Hawks — were not preferred landing spots for Caldwell-Pope.
With Avery Bradley gone to Miami, the Lakers needed to re-sign Caldwell-Pope for his perimeter defense. Caldwell-Pope did soot 38.5% from three last season and was more efficient inside the arc than in the past. But more importantly, he filled a role next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
And KCP still will be wearing Lakers colors when he gets his championship ring on Dec. 22.