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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope re-signs with Lakers for $40 million

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There was concern among Los Angeles Lakers fans that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope could end up leaving in free agency, but that did not happen.

KCP is returning to the Lakers on a three-year, $40 million deal, Shams Charania reported on Saturday.

The 27-year-old shooting guard is entering his eighth season in the NBA and originally signed with the Lakers before the 2017-2018 season. He set the stage for Klutch Sports clients to flock to the team, as LeBron James signed with the Lakers a year later.

Caldwell-Pope averaged 9.3 points in 25.5 minutes per game last season and made 38.5 percent of his threes. He averaged 10.7 points per game in the postseason.

Caldwell-Pope was also pursued by the Knicks and other teams in free agency but decided to return to the team with whom he won a championship. The last of the Lakers’ money went to KCP, so they now will have the veteran’s minimum to fill out the remaining spots on their roster.

Report: Knicks, Lakers are suitors for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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The New York Knicks are still looking for a way to use all their cap space, and appear to be pursuing a new option.

The Knicks are interested in free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. However, the Lakers remain interested as well, despite already making additions to their backcourt.

Money will be a factor here. Turner makes clear that Caldwell-Pope is looking for the “right price.” It’s not known what that might be, but the Knicks have roughly $40 million in cap space to work with. The Lakers, however, retain Caldwell-Pope’s Bird rights.

There was some thought that the Lakers’ activity so far might make them less likely to re-sign KCP. For now, it appears they’re undeterred, and they’re certainly more of a title contender than the Knicks are if that matters to the veteran guard.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope now more likely to sign with Knicks?

The Los Angeles Lakers’ new additions to their backcourt may be leaving Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as an odd man out.

SportsNet New York’s Ian Begley reports Friday that rival teams monitoring Caldwell-Pope’s free agency expect the New York Knicks to have interest in him. The Knicks have nearly $40 million in cap space to work with.

Caldwell-Pope, 27, seems less likely now to return to the Lakers after they signed Wesley Matthews and traded for Dennis Schroder. The Knicks have reportedly been pursuing Gordon Hayward with some of their cap room, but that could inevitably be a lost cause.

In any event, the Knicks recently waived guard Elfrid Payton, creating an opening in their backcourt. Caldwell-Pope also used to be teammates with a pair of Knicks: Reggie Bullock on the Detroit Pistons and Julius Randle on the Lakers. New York may ultimately be a more desirable destination than this other cap-space team with interest in Caldwell-Pope.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope could sign with Hawks?

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stepped up for the Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA title run, but keeping him this offseason may not be a sure thing.

John Hollinger of The Athletic reported Tuesday on the veteran swingman’s future. Hollinger noted that, while Caldwell-Pope’s most likely scenario is a return to the Lakers, the Atlanta Hawks do lurk as a potential option as well. Caldwell-Pope was born in Thomaston, Ga. (less than 75 miles from Atlanta) and attended college at the University of Georgia. The Hawks also have significant cap room and a need for a 3-and-D wing.

Caldwell-Pope, 27, started for the Lakers throughout the playoffs but is not a must-retain. His increased role was a result of Avery Bradley, who holds a player option for next season that he can pick up, deciding not to play in the Orlando bubble. Caldwell-Pope does have a player option of his own too. But he might be a better fit with the Hawks, who need a big, defensive-minded wing to pair with Trae Young in the backcourt.

The Lakers do hold Caldwell-Pope’s Bird rights, meaning that they can go over the salary cap to re-sign him. Still, they have some tough decisions coming up with some of their other free agents this offseason as well.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hurts ribs in collision with Chris Paul

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope got hurt on Wednesday in a collision with Chris Paul.

Early in the third quarter of the team’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron James missed a layup, and the rebound was tipped out to the perimeter. Caldwell-Pope and Paul collided while going for the ball.

Though CP3 bounced off it like nothing happened, KCP went down on the court and was holding his midsection. He ended up walking towards the sideline and finally a timeout was called for him to get attention.

Caldwell-Pope got some padding added to his midsection. He was replaced by Quinn Cook and did not return for the rest of the quarter.

KCP had three points in 14 minutes prior to his collision with Paul. He previously entered the team’s first game of the Orlando restart with a right rib contusion and may have reaggravated the injury.

Bobby Portis defends himself over ejection for swatting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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Bobby Portis was ejected from Tuesday night’s Knicks-Lakers game for swatting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the head, but he feels his actions were innocent.

Portis was trying to block a layup attempt by KCP in transition during the second quarter but ended up smacking the Lakers guard across the head, knocking off KCP’s headband.

Portis received a Flagrant 2 foul for the play and was tossed.

He spoke about the play after the game and denied there was any malicious intent.

“I tried to block the ball, missed the ball, hit him in the head,” Portis said, via the New York Post’s Marc Berman. “My apologies and I was happy to see him come back into the game. My intention was never to hit him in the head. I made a basketball play on the ball. My intent is to play hard. That’s my MO. I accidentally hit him in the head.”

Though the play looks awful, I actually do believe Portis. He probably was going for a block. The thing is he took a violent swing going for the block and missed, which resulted in excessive contact on Caldwell-Pope.

KCP did not take his free throws after being hit. He was checked for a concussion but later cleared to return to the game. Portis could face additional discipline from the league.

Rockets reportedly interested in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

The underwhelming Houston Rockets are seeking roster upgrades, and one potential deal may be in the offing.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Rockets are interested in guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, currently of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Rockets could be a third team in certain Lakers deals, as Los Angeles has been interested in players such as Trevor Ariza of the Phoenix Suns. No deal is close, and Caldwell-Pope can’t even be traded until Dec. 15. He also has veto power over any potential deal.

Houston is desperate for wing help, especially after the Carmelo Anthony experiment fell flat. Caldwell-Pope, who is a free agent at season’s end, is said to have a number of suitors.

The 12-14 Rockets have looked at other wing players in a bid to address their issues. Some sort of upgrade feels rather inevitable.

Watch: Jamal Murray taunts Laker with wave after layup

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Jamal Murray had a little fun with a member of the Los Angeles Lakers after using a pump fake to perfection.

During Tuesday’s game between the Lakers and Denver Nuggets, Murray found himself alone under the basket after receiving an outlet pass. The closest Laker was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who flew by when Murray pump faked. After making the layup, Murray taunted with a wave as if to say “bye”:

Murray has made at least one person upset already this season with his actions on the court. While the move to free himself of the oncoming defender was good, the subsequent taunt may find Murray in a position to be disliked for his actions.

Teammate: Lakers give Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ‘nonstop s—’ over jail time

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is dealing with a fairly serious legal situation, but at least his teammates help keep the mood light.

Speaking with reporters on Friday, Lakers center Andrew Bogut said that the team is relentless with the jokes about Caldwell-Pope’s jail sentence.

“Just nonstop giving him s— about it,” said Bogut, per Bill Oram of the Southern California News Group. “Honestly. Everyone’s asking him what his jail cell’s like and just quotes from the Eddie Murphy movie, ‘Life.’”

Caldwell-Pope is currently serving a 25-day jail term due to a recent parole violation stemming from a DWI arrest in March, but he is able to continue playing for the Lakers as part of a work-release program. His availability is impacted however by certain travel restrictions.

The 24-year-old is scheduled to finish his sentence by early-to-mid January, but you can bet that his teammates are never going to let him live it down.

Lakers’ Caldwell-Pope to miss games due to legal agreement

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will miss multiple games over the next few weeks due to a legal matter.

The fifth-year guard said on Saturday via ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk that he will not be allowed to leave the state of California for the next 25 days due to a plea agreement he reached in May. That means he will be unable to travel with the team for away games against the Houston Rockets on Dec. 20 and again on Dec. 31 as well as against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jan. 1.

Caldwell-Pope is averaging 14.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his first season with the Lakers and also serves as the team’s top perimeter defender. He was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge back in March when he was still a member of the Detroit Pistons (full details here).

The 24-year-old also missed Thursday’s away loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers and was replaced in the starting lineup by rookie guard Josh Hart. For what it’s worth though, Caldwell-Pope is fortunate that 10 of the Lakers’ next 14 games are at home. He will also be eligible to play in an away game against the Golden State Warriors on December 22 since he will be remaining in-state.