Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Report: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returning to Lakers on three-year, $40 million deal

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.

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.