NBA free agency: Lakers bring back Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on three-year, $40 million deal
The Los Angeles Lakers are bringing back a significant portion of their championship team.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, freelance agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed on a $ 40 million three-year deal to return to the Lakers.
Per Charania, the deal is structured so that Caldwell-Pope will receive an average salary of $ 15 million over the next two seasons and the player will receive at least $ 68 million between this contract and his last three seasons with the team over a period of five years - Received dollars with the Lakers.
The deal is a reward for a player who has more than climbed up during the Lakers championship run.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made it big for Lakers
The Lakers run it back with Kentavious Caldwell Pope. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)
Caldwell-Pope was one of many Lakers roleplayers to play a huge role in the playoffs, especially on the 3-point line where Caldwell-Pope was 42.1 percent from the deep in the team's first three playoff series lap.
In the NBA finals, Caldwell-Pope, who started every playoff game for the Lakers, continued to score big and soon took the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
The question arose of whether the Lakers would find the money to bring back Caldwell-Pope, who reportedly had interest from several teams. Apparently the two sides figured it out, to the delight of Caldwell-Pope's teammate (and agent) LeBron James.
Caldwell-Pope first came to the Lakers in 2017 after four seasons with the Detroit Pistons through an independent agency and has since signed two new contracts with the team.
Bringing back Caldwell-Pope is the latest chapter in an encouraging off-season for the Lakers. The team has also won reigning sixth Man of the Year, Montrezl Harrell, and free agency veteran Wes Matthews, the former from their rival near Los Angeles Clippers. The runner-up of the sixth man of the year, Dennis Schroder, was also taken over by trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Players the Lakers have split up with include Danny Green, Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley and Quinn Cook.
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