Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would be an excellent addition at a time in the NBA when teams are leaving no stone unturned in search of players who can guard the perimeter to stop the Warriors.
Caldwell-Pope is a Klutch Sports client, which is owned by LeBron James‘ long-time friend Rich Paul.
Pope won’t get the minutes with the Cavaliers that he’d get with the Lakers, but with free agency looming, he’d could establish himself as key rotational player.
By buying Caldwell-Pope out, the Lakers could continue looking at their youth movement by seeing Josh Hart get more time at shooting guard.
With the Lakers poised to add two max contract his offseason, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are probably in full evaluation mode. They need to know what they have in their roster and whether it’s going to be useful for the future. That means playing someone like Hart.
Plus, there’s nothing stopping KCP returning to the Lakers this offseason should the two sides find common ground.