Rights renounced by Pistons

Rights renounced by Pistons

The Pistons have been reluctant to meet Caldwell-Pope's $25 million-plus asking price, and the acquisition of Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley on Friday liberated Detroit to let Caldwell-Pope leave the franchise.

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.

The Detroit Pistons have renounced their rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to a report from ESPN, making him one of the biggest names remaining on the unrestricted free agent market.

The problem is the Nets now have nearly all of their salary-cap space tied up in an offer sheet to Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter Jr., their first-choice restricted free agent.

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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.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound shooting guard appeared in 76 games (75 starts) last season and averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, a career-high 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Caldwell-Pope can wait until Brooklyn has the financial freedom to give him a max deal.

The escalation of the Pistons' payroll would've made it impossible for them to match an offer sheet without shedding contracts. This move also ensures that Avery Bradley will be the Pistons' starting shooting guard next season.

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