NBA Rumors: Detroit Pistons to Match Any Offer Sheet to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be one of the most-sought after free agents this summer. Caldwell-Pope emerged as one of the key contributors for the Pistons in the regular season, making him an attractive target in the offseason.
According to the New York Post, the Brooklyn Nets can make a run at Caldwell-Pope. With a $33 million available salary cap room, the Nets can present Caldwell-Pope a lucrative four-year, $103 million deal offer sheet.
"I'm impressed,'' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said when asked about Caldwell-Pope. "I love how he competes, how he competes on the defensive end. He plays with force, he competes on the defensive end."
The 24-year-old Caldwell-Pope became a restricted free agent after the Pistons turned down his demand for a maximum contract. However, Caldwell-Pope is anticipated to cash in on this opportunity and the Pistons are expected to give in once free agency begins.
The Detroit Free Press reported that the Pistons are prepared to match any offer sheet he receives, even if it produced a maximum contract. "We can't lose him," a Pistons official told the newspaper on condition of anonymity.
Pistons coach and president Stan Van Gundy spoke higly of Caldwell-Pope's defense and his team-first outlook. "KCP, we could bring back. We can't necessarily have him for sure two years from now, but next year if we want him, we can have him," said Van Gundy.
Caldwell-Pope was arrested for DUI last month but it will not affect his status in the free-agent market. However, the arrest subjects him to the NBA's substance abuse policy and any punishment would be implemented at the beginning of next season.
Last season, Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 75 starts. He has started 274 of his 314 appearances since being selected No. 8 overall out of Georgia in the 2013 draft.
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