They need to add depth at point guard somehow, and getting Rondo on a one-year deal which would leave Los Angeles plenty to work with during 2018 free agency would be ideal.
While Caldwell-Pope is only 24 years old and is a good defender and solid shooter, it's hard to envision the Lakers looking to do more than a one-year deal with him as well, as Woj also reported. Caldwell-Pope, 24, instantly becomes one of the top-10 highest-paid shooting guards in the National Basketball Association and can cash in again next summer when the salary cap is expected to be even higher. The Detroit Pistons removed themselves from the running to keep Caldwell-Pope after they traded for Avery Bradley, and teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets were expected as potential destinations before free agency began as they had so much cap space to play with.
Once Caldwell-Pope became an unrestricted free agent, the Lakers and Nets were reportedly the first teams to show interest. With players such as LeBron James, Paul George and Russell Westbrook potentially hitting the open market, this could be a golden opportunity for Los Angeles to turn things around overnight. He is also coming off one of his most productive campaigns where he averaged he averaged 13.8 points on a career-high 35 percent shooting from 3-point range. He averaged 11.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 314 career contests since being selected by the Pistons with the eighth overall pick of the 2013 draft.
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Since he has a little bit of experience behind him now, Kentavious should be able to help out young players like Lonzo Ball and Brandom Ingram who appear to be the future of the Lakers franchise. Rondo and the Lakers were linked together earlier in the offseason. Jordan Clarkson should go back to his sixth man role with Caldwell-Pope in the fold.
The Lakers had just exercised their team option on Nwaba in late June.
The Lakers would get an A-plus grade here if they can land both players on one-year deals. By Tuesday night, Windhorst was reporting that the two sides agreed on a new deal.