Caldwell-Pope is expected to decline his $8.5 million player option for next season, The Athletic's Shams Charania reports. After emerging as a key piece during the Lakers' title run, Caldwell-Pope will look to capitalize on that momentum. Per Charania, the Lakers would like to bring Caldwell-Pope back next season, but other teams may drive his price up on the open market. The Lakers do hold Caldwell-Pope's full Bird Rights, however, so they'll be able to go over the salary cap to re-sign him without using an exception.
Caldwell-Pope notched 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-8 3Pt), five assists and three rebounds in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 102-96 win over the Heat in Game 4 of the 2020 NBA Finals. Caldwell-Pope has one job in the Lakers offense -- he needs to drill the open looks the offense draws for him. He has been excellent in that department of late, scoring in double digits in nine of his last 11 games while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range in that span. He has scored in double digits in three of his four Finals games, and the Lakers have won every time he's done it in the current series.
Caldwell-Pope finished with 14 points (5-12 FG, 4-9 3Pt), five assists, and three steals in 28 minutes of a 131-122 win against Portland on Saturday. Caldwell-Pope posted another solid playoff outing, finishing in double digits for the fourth consecutive game. He opened the series with a rough outing but bounced back to provide steady support to his team's stars. The Lakers will now move on to the Western Conference Semifinals for the first time since 2012.
Caldwell-Pope (knee) will play in Game 5 against the Trail Blazers on Saturday. As expected, Caldwell-Pope will play in Game 5. In the series, he's averaging 10.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 25.5 minutes.
Caldwell-Pope (knee) is listed as probable for Saturday's Game 5 against the Trail Blazers. Despite a sore right knee, Caldwell-Pope should take the floor for Game 5. In the series, he's averaging 10.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 25.5 minutes.
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