Cantavius Caldwell-Pope is re-signing a three-year, 40 40 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, Shams Charania of Athletic. The third year of the deal includes a partial guarantee. This is now the fourth consecutive off-season in which Caldwell-Pope has signed with the Lakers. He joined the team in 2017 after starting a career with the original Detroit Pistons and has been playing under a one-year deal ever since. Now, he has long-term safety since 2017, and he meets the championship contender he has been with for the last three seasons.
Initially Caldwell-Pop had a choice of .4 8.4 million players for this season. It is expected that Cape Space will choose that option in the regular season, due to the expectation that it will be league-wide limited. A strong playoff run that turned out to be the third best player on the Caldwell-Pope Championship team changed. According to Charania, Cuddwell-Pope had a lot of interest around the league, but he and the Lakers were determined to make a deal.
It makes sense on both sides. The Lakers, having already passed their mid-level exception, had no way of replacing Caldwell-Pope if they had left. Caldwell-Pope, meanwhile, would have joined a lottery team like New York or Atlanta to get this money elsewhere. The Lakers had full bird rights, so, they would be able to pay for the hat to stay.
Now most of their ason fees are not retool complete. By signing the Montreal Herald with a mid-level exception, the Lakers launched a hard cap on 8 138.9 million aprons. Now they are very close to this figure, and Jawale will load McGee’s salary of 2 4.2 million to make the space needed to fill the roster. There are still minimal signings left, but the defending champions have now made their biggest move.
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