Rumor Central: Will Nets turn attention to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope?

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Caldwell-Pope went into this summer looking for a long-term max contract but instead approaches next season with no more than a one-year, $18 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, per ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Before anything else goes down, here's three reasons that signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the right move for the Lakers.

Caldwell-Pope entered the offseason as a restricted free agent, but the Pistons decided they would not match an offer sheet after acquiring shooting guard Avery Bradley from the Celtics.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope gets another year to bet on himself.

Nonetheless, the Nets still have almost $16.5 million remaining in salary cap and have the second-most among teams who were left in pursuit of the shooting guard.

Caldwell-Pope will miss the first two games of the 2017-18 season after the National Basketball Association suspended him last month following his guilty plea to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Nwaba, 24, made 20 appearances (two starts) for the Lakers in the 2016-17 season, averaging 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per contest.

Caldwell-Pope is a good signing for the Lakers, who look to build around their young core. Rondo and Lonzo would certainly be an interesting point guard duo ... It is believed he will play a significant role on a rising team. Caldwell-Pope has a lot to offer to a team and is someone who has been able to stay relatively healthy, only missing a handful of games.

The Lakers President of Basketball Operations, Magic Johnson, seems to be highly confident in his new young core and has been actively involved since being hired for the position this year. More specifically, the Lakers were one of the two teams that had more than $15 million in cap space.

This deal makes him one of the top 10 highest-paid shooting guards in the league, according to ESPN. Both of those players took visits earlier on Tuesday.

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