Lakers Meet With Rondo, Caldwell-Pope

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The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal hasn't been announced.

Caldwell-Pope is an unrestricted free agent after the Detroit Pistons pulled their qualifying offer to the four-year National Basketball Association veteran last week once it became apparent they no longer had the cap flexibility to match an offer sheet since Detroit has a hard cap for the upcoming season.

Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per-game previous year for the Pistons.

Going into the season, the Lakers will likely starting Caldwell-Pope on the perimeter alongside Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, giving the Lakers a young trio heading into the season.

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The guard was a restricted free agent heading into the offseason, but the Detroit Pistons renounced their rights to him after acquiring Avery Bradley from the Boston Celtics. The Lakers could sign Rondo through the "room exception" worth $4.3 million. This is certainly a situation for Caldwell-Pope to "bet on himself" as he'll become a free agent again next summer.

In less than a week, two starters from last season's Detroit Pistons squad are with other teams. L.A. also drafted Villanova's Josh Hart in June, with four-year guard Jordan Clarkson in the mix as well. Even playing with one of the top scorers in the league in Isaiah Thomas, who has the ball all the time, (Bradley) averaged 16 points a game, so very good player both ends of the floor, very high-character guy.

Caldwell-Pope was not the only guard to visit the Lakers today. 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. Regardless, Caldwell-Pope would be an excellent addition both for scoring with the second unit and also for his defense. Offering a one-year balloon contract would make some sense, as it would let him hit free agency next season in hopes of landing a long-term deal. Caldwell-Pope was reportedly looking for a max contract offer, but instead he will settle for a one-year deal that allows him to re-enter the market next summer.

"What we had to weigh there is Avery comes in, he's only got one year on his contract, against where KCP's contract could potentially go, and if you sign him you are well into the tax and now have significantly less flexibility going forward", Pistons coach and president Stan Van Gundy told MLive.com.

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