Pistons renounce rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope amid Avery Bradley trade


The Lakers will be young and building around Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, so a potential one-year addition of Caldwell-Pope could help the team's short-term growth.

With Bradley in the fold, the Pistons renounced their rights to Caldwell-Pope, making him an unrestricted free agent as they lost the right to match any offer sheet he signs.

The Pistons considered Caldwell-Pope expendable after swinging a trade Friday morning with the Boston Celtics to acquire shooting guard Avery Bradley, along with a second-round draft pick, in exchange for forward Marcus Morris.

The Pistons' move indicates they are preparing for next summer when Bradley will become a free agent.

The Brooklyn Nets are expected to be one of his major suitors if the Washington Wizards end up matching the $106.5 million offer sheet for swingman Otto Porter.

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ESPN's Bobby Marks noted the only other teams with cap space for the time being are the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings.

Caldwell-Pope's -1.4 nERD would position him 5th among Lakers players now locked in for the 2017-18 season.

Last year, he averaged 13.8 points on a career-high 35.0 percent shooting from three, including 36.8 percent on catch-and-shoot attempts. The Knicks will presumably sign Tim Hardaway Jr.as the Hawks are not expected to match the offer sheet.

Pulling back the rights to Caldwell-Pope gives Detroit some cap flexibility, albeit not much.