Caldwell-Pope agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract with the Lakers on Sunday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. This is the second straight year that Caldwell-Pope will sign a one-year deal with the Lakers, but he is taking a slightly lower salary for the 2018-19 season after making $18 million last year. Caldwell-Pope appeared in 74 games for Los Angeles last season and averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting a solid 38.3 percent from behind the arc. With the arrival of LeBron James to Los Angeles, Caldwell-Pope's usage will surely decline, but he should get plenty of open looks from behind the arc that James has managed to get his teammates for years now, which could lead to a more efficient season for the former Georgia standout.
Caldwell-Pope appeared in 74 games with the Lakers during the 2017-18 NBA season and averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Caldwell-Pope may have been the most reliable Lakers' player this year, as he saw 33.2 minutes of action over 74 games and produced just over 13 points per game. The 24-year-old out of Georgia shot a career high 42.6 percent from the floor and 38.3 percent from three-point range. Caldwell-Pope will be a free agent this summer and will be a great small-forward addition to any team, given the price tag.
Caldwell-Pope will not return to Wednesday's game against the Clippers with a right shoulder AC joint sprain, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports. Caldwell-Pope suffered the shoulder injury early in Wednesday's game, ending his season. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time, with more information likely coming out after Wednesday's game concludes.
Caldwell-Pope is expected to see only limited minutes in Wednesday's season finale against the Clippers, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports. The Lakers will likely try and get some younger, more inexperienced players added run in the finale, which will come at the expense of guys like Caldwell-Pope and Julius Randle. Caldwell-Pope logged just 21 minutes during Tuesday's contest and a similar, or smaller, workload should be expected Wednesday. As a result, he should be avoided for fantasy purposes, while guys like Josh Hart, Andre Ingram and Travis Wear see extra run.
Caldwell-Pope collected eight points (3-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 23 minutes in Sunday's 112-97 loss to the Jazz. With the exception of Josh Hart, the remaining four members of the Lakers' first unit saw well under 30 minutes of playing time, which kept KCP's contributions modest. The fifth-year guard now has back-to-back eight-point efforts, although the previous one against the Timberwolves on Friday was a direct result of a 23.1 percent shooting night. An unrestricted free agent heading into this coming offseason, Caldwell-Pope has given a generally solid accounting of himself this season with averages of 13.7 points (on a career-best 43.0 percent shooting), a career-high 5.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals over 72 games.
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