LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal hasn’t been announced.
Caldwell-Pope was among the top handful of talents remaining on the free agent market after spending his first four NBA seasons with the Detroit Pistons. The former eighth overall pick from Georgia averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists last season while starting 75 games.
The 6-foot-5 Pope could play a major role next season for the Lakers alongside point guard Lonzo Ball, the second overall pick. Los Angeles traded D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn last month, and Nick Young signed with Golden State.
Caldwell-Pope also is a strong two-way player who should improve the Lakers’ defensive competence. Los Angeles became a solid offensive team last season under first-year coach Luke Walton, but only two teams allowed more than the Lakers’ 111.5 points per game.