The Lakers have their starting lineup set for the 2017-18 season after the signing of shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Lakers signed KCP to a 1 year $18 million contract. Before you freak out about that inordinate amount of money it's a one year deal and they had cap space to spend, so it's not a big deal whatsoever, especially with the nature of today's NBA contracts. I don't know if KCP really has a future with the Lakers beyond this year, we'll have to wait and see about that, as for his role with the team this year I believe he's a big acquisition. He gives us a real starting 2 guard, he's only 24 years old on a contract year so you know he's got a lot to prove, and he plays hard on both ends of the floor, something the Lakers really needed after the terrible display of defense they showed last year. Overall, this was a great signing for the Lakers, a lot of potential in this deal, and not a lot of risk.
As for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope he seems like a man on a mission. The Detroit Pistons, the team he was drafted by, offered Pope a 5 year $80 million deal. Pretty nice chunk of change for a guy averaging around 14 ppg. Instead, Pope decided to turn that down, take a one year deal worth a bunch of money, and bet on himself in hopes of getting an even bigger deal after showing just how good he is this season. Hopefully the Lakers don't give him that big deal after he does good for us this season because I just don't think he'll be worth it. However, it will be nice having a player trying to prove his worth to the rest of the league playing on our team. KCP is going to ball out and the Lakers are going to reap the benefits of it this season. A risky move on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's side, however a sure fire move on the Lakers part to lockdown a solid shooting guard for this year. The Lake Show 2.0 is gearining up for what should be a surprisingly solid season.