Caldwell-Pope is expected to sign a two-year, $16 million contract with the Lakers in the coming days, Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.com reports.
After the Lakers struck out in their recruitment of Kawhi Leonard, who agreed to join the rival Clippers, general manager Rob Pelinka turned his attention to a trio of middle-tier free agents to fill out the roster. Along with Caldwell-Pope, center JaVale McGee agreed to re-sign with Los Angeles on a two-year deal, while Danny Green inked a two-year, $30 million pact with the Lakers. Los Angeles is likely penciling in Green as its starting shooting guard, putting Caldwell-Pope in line for backup duty at both wings spots. Unless injuries intervene and allow him to assume a starting role on a full-time basis, Caldwell-Pope doesn't project to see much of an increase -- if at all -- in the 24.8 minutes per game he averaged in 2018-19. That level of playing time was Caldwell-Pope's least since 2013-14, when he was a rookie with Detroit.
Caldwell-Pope turned in 32 points (11-31 FG, 5-15 3Pt, 5-7 FT), eight assists, five rebounds and one steal across 44 minutes in the Lakers' 104-101 loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
With the Lakers sporting a mile-long list of key absences, Caldwell-Pope once again stepped up as the usage monster for the night. The veteran easily paced all scorers in shot attempts and posted his second straight 32-point effort in the process. KCP also has 23- and 25-point tallies on his April resume, and he's demonstrated excellent late-season scoring upside on multiple occasions when given sufficient minutes. However, the book on Caldwell-Pope remains the same as it always has -- he's a streaky shooter than can always turn in just as bad of a clunker as he can a lights-out effort such as Tuesday's. Therefore, it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to find a starting job elsewhere in the 2019-20 campaign after playing this season on his second consecutive one-year contract with the Lakers.
Caldwell-Pope turned in 32 points (13-22 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 4-6 FT), six rebounds, six assists and a steal across 42 minutes in Sunday's 113-109 win over the Jazz.
Caldwell-Pope led the short-handed Lakers to a surprising win in their penultimate game of the season. With a litany of injuries decimating their roster, Caldwell-Pope has remained a steady playmaker throughout. While he was the subject of many trade rumors this season and his future with the team is uncertain moving forward, he'll try to keep things rolling in their final game against Portland on Tuesday.
Caldwell-Pope totaled 25 points (9-25 FG, 5-14 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, four assists and two steals across 40 minutes in the Lakers' win over the Clippers on Friday.
Caldwell-Pope had a productive game in Friday's surprise win, registering 25 points and a healthy final stat line. With injuries piling up, Caldwell-Pope has taken on an expanded workload for the Lakers, averaging 19.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 32.7 minutes over the last 10 games.
Caldwell-Pope collected 23 points (9-16 FG, 5-10 3Pt), five rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 40 minutes during Tuesday's 119-103 loss to the Thunder.
Caldwell-Pope canned at least five threes while scoring at least 20 points for the fourth time in the last eight contests. After basically being an afterthought across most fantasy leagues for the majority of the season, Caldwell-Pope has come on strong lately for the injury-riddled Lakers.
Caldwell-Pope supplied 19 points (8-16 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), one rebound and one steal in 29 minutes Sunday in the Lakers' 130-102 win over the Pelicans.
Caldwell-Pope has been delivering these sort of scoring outbursts with regularity lately, but this one wasn't particularly useful for fantasy purposes since it came with no three-pointers and very little other supporting numbers. Even so, Caldwell-Pope's averages of 19.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 triples and 1.8 assists over the past five contests are useful enough to make him worth considering in weekly lineups ahead of the Lakers' three-game slate.
Caldwell-Pope totaled 25 points (8-14 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 129-115 victory over Charlotte.
Caldwell-Pope's late-season emergence continued Friday as he poured in 25 points including six triples. He has scored in double-digits in six of his last eight games, including three games of at least 25 points. The Lakers have a number of players out for the remainder of the season and Caldwell-Pope appears as though he is going to figure heavily in their offense down the stretch. As he has demonstrated over the past two weeks, there are going to be some bumps in the road. That being said, he needs to be rostered in all formats and could be a difference maker in many head-to-head battles.
Caldwell-Pope supplied 29 points (10-17 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, one assist and two steals across 36 minutes in the Lakers' 124-106 win over the Wizards on Tuesday.
Lakers fans are probably wondering where this current version of KCP has been most of the season, as the veteran has suddenly come to life in the latter stages of March. The streaky Caldwell-Pope has six double-digit scoring efforts in the last eight games, although his nine- and seven-point tallies in the two contests during that sample in which he failed to accomplish the feat embody the inconsistency that's inherent in his game. Caldwell-Pope shot a combined 9-for-26 in that pair of games, a reminder of the sudden downturns his offense can take.
Caldwell-Pope registered 16 points (5-15 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and four assists across 33 minutes in the Lakers' 111-106 win over the Kings on Sunday.
KCP drew the start at two-guard and made good use of the opportunity, churning out his fourth double-digit scoring effort in the last five games. The veteran is enjoying one of his more productive stretches of play this season at the moment, and he's logged at least 22 minutes in seven consecutive games. Caldwell-Pope is nothing if not a streaky shooter, however, so he remains difficult to trust on a game-to-game basis.
Caldwell-Pope will start at shooting guard in Sunday's game against the Kings, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
With Reggie Bullock (foot) being a late scratch Sunday night, Caldwell-Pope will be thrust into the starting five. Expect the shooting guard to surpass 30 minutes for the third straight game Sunday with the Lakers being undermanned in the backcourt.
Caldwell-Pope exploded for 35 points (12-20 FG, 8-14 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 115-101 loss to the Bucks.
Caldwell-Pope produced a season high scoring total while matching his career high in made threes. The absences of LeBron James (groin), Lance Stephenson (toe), Brandon Ingram (shoulder), and Lonzo Ball (ankle), with Ingram and Ball already being ruled out for the remainder of the season, provided Caldwell-Pope with an opportunity to showcase his talents, and he did just that. The 26-year-old wing has reached double figures in scoring in four of the last five games and could be in line for another solid showing during Friday's matchup versus the Nets.
Caldwell-Pope finished with 17 points (5-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds, one assist and a steal over 30 minutes in the Lakers' loss to the Pistons on Friday.
Caldwell-Pope had a fairly productive outing in Friday's loss, scoring an efficient 17 points on 55.5 percent shooting from the floor. Despite the solid effort, it's been impossible to count on Caldwell-Pope for any sort of consistency in production or minutes played.
Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points (7-11 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 6-6 FT) while adding six rebounds, two steals and an assist in 31 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's 123-107 win over the Bulls.
He was the only Laker to make any kind of impact from the second unit -- in fact, the rest of the team's bench combined for only nine points and three boards. KCP's role has been erratic all season, both in terms of court time and usage, so expecting a repeat performance any time soon might be asking a little too much -- he'd scored in single digits in nine straight games coming into Tuesday.
Caldwell-Pope will return to a reserve role for Tuesday's tilt against the Bulls, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Caldwell-Pope will be replaced by Reggie Bullock in the starting unit. He got a rare start in Saturday's loss to the Celtics, but produced just two points (1-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt) and no other statistics across 16 minutes.
Caldwell-Pope managed just two points (1-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt) and no other statistics in the Lakers' 120-107 loss to the Celtics on Saturday.
KCP drew the start over Josh Hart ,but the results were essentially abysmal. The veteran two-guard still saw Hart outpace him by 12 minutes, and his own meager output represented his ninth straight game with a single-digit point total. Given his typically modest minutes and usage, Caldwell-Pope's fantasy value has essentially dwindled down to nothing at the moment.
Caldwell-Pope will start Saturday against the Celtics.
Caldwell-Pope will start over Josh Hart, as coach Luke Walton has opted to change the starting five in the face of injuries. In 12 previous starts this season, Caldwell-Pope is averaging 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal in 27.7 minutes.
Caldwell-Pope was limited to seven minutes in Thursday's 115-99 loss to the Nuggets, finishing with zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one rebound.
Even with three rotation players (Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball) out due to injury, Caldwell-Pope couldn't find a path to meaningful playing time. The swingman has maxed out at 23 minutes over the Lakers' past five contests and should only see his role dwindle further once one or more of the aforementioned options return to action.
Caldwell-Pope played 23 minutes of the bench and offered 17 points (6-11 FG, 5-9 3Pt) and one assist Thursday in the Lakers' 129-128 win over the Celtics.
Caldwell-Pope was one of several Lakers to catch fire on a night in which the squad buried 22 of 41 shots from beyond the arc. The 25-year-old has these sort of hot shooting nights every now and then, but his opportunities to provide an offensive spark off the bench could soon take a hit with newly-acquired swingman Reggie Bullock on track to make his Lakers debut Sunday in Philadelphia.
Caldwell-Pope played 23 minutes and contributed two points (1-6 FG, 0-5 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists and one steal Tuesday in the Lakers' 136-94 loss to the Pacers.
LeBron James (rest) returned from a one-game breather, bumping Caldwell-Pope back to the bench as a result. The lineup switch unsurprisingly came with a drop in minutes for Caldwell-Pope, who was one of several Lakers to turn in a lackluster outing in the blowout loss. Caldwell-Pope's fantasy outlook at least temporarily took another turn for the worse after the game, when it was announced that the Lakers acquired another wing in Reggie Bullock. It's possible there could be room for both players in the rotation moving forward, however, as Los Angeles is still working on making additional deals prior to Thursday's deadline.
Caldwell-Pope will start Saturday's game against the Warriors, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
With LeBron James getting the night off for rest, Caldwell-Pope will be re-inserted into the starting five. As a starter, he's averaging 11.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 27.7 minutes.
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