The Los Angeles Lakers signed shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million deal last week, and the plan is for him to step right in and become the team's starting shooting guard, general manager Rob Pelinka said.
Speaking in an interview with ESPN's Mark Jones and Jeff Van Gundy during LA's Summer League victory over the Dallas Mavericks last night, Pelinka raved about Caldwell-Pope's potential playing alongside Lonzo Ball.
"Ultimately, the decision will be [head coach] Luke Walton's," Pelinka mentioned, but claimed the Lakers signed Caldwell-Pope for the starting role.
Nick Young spent most of last season as the starting two-guard for the Lakers, but with him leaving to join the Golden State Warriors, Jordan Clarkson was the incumbent. Obviously, Los Angeles views Caldwell-Pope as an upgrade and are currently looking to trade Clarkson.
Rookie Josh Hart is projected to be Caldwell-Pope's backup at shooting guard.
KCP averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Detroit Pistons last season.Back to the Los Angeles Lakers Newsfeed