Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the Los Angeles Lakers agreed on a $ 40 million three-year contract on Saturday, his agent Rich Paul confirmed to ESPN.
During the Lakers’ run for the NBA title in 2020, Caldwell-Pope emerged as their third leading goal scorer and a match in their starting lineup.
Now they get to see if he can continue to thrive during their defense of their championship.
The 27-year-old Caldwell-Pope did not raise his $ 8.5 million. Player setting before the start of the NBA-free agency on Friday, making him an unlimited free agent. The re-signing of Caldwell-Pope continued an offseason in flux for the defending champs who traded Danny Green and lost Avery Bradley to free agency.
But beyond bringing Caldwell-Pope back, is The Lakers have acquired Dennis Schroder through trade and signed free agent Montrezl Harrell.
Anthony Davis did not get his player opportunity and ESPN has reported that he will wait next week to weigh his options. He is expected to eventually sign a maximum deal with Los Angeles.
After averaging 9.3 points per game in 69 games (23 starts) in the regular season, Caldwell-Pope averaged 10.7 points per game in 21 playoff games (all starts), third behind Davis (27, 7) and LeBron James (27.6). Caldwell-Pope shot 37.8 percent behind the three-point line in the mail season, pouring 17 points into 33:26 action during the Lakers’ title-winning victory over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
During the normal season, Caldwell-Pope shot a career best 38.5 percent from three-point range.
The No. 8 pick of the 2013 Detroit Pistons, Caldwell-Pope, originally signed with the Lakers in July 2017. This is the third time he’s signing again with Los Angeles.
Denver Nuggets retain Paul Millsap, lose Jerami Grant to Pistons reports
Veteran power forward Paul Millsap agreed to a one-year $ 10m deal to stay with the Denver Nuggets, his agent told The Athletic on Saturday.
Millsap just completed a three-year $ 90 million deal. Contract with Nuggets.
The move to retain Millsap comes the same day Jerami Grant stepped down as a free agent to sign with the Detroit Pistons. Grant reportedly received a three-year $ 60m deal.
The 35-year-old Millsap is a four-time All-Star and has been a solid leader during Denver’s rise to becoming one of the best teams in the Western Conference.
Millsap averaged 11.6 points and 5.7 rebounds in 51 games (48 starts) last season. The scoring and rebound average was his lowest since averaging 8.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in his second NBA season with the Utah Jazz in 2007-08.
Millsap has career averages of 14.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in 996 games (709 starts) over 14 seasons with the Jazz (2006-13), Atlanta Hawks (2013-17) and Nuggets. All four of Millsap’s All-Star appearances came with Atlanta.
Grant, 26, averaged 12.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 71 games (24 starts) last season in his lone campaign in Denver.