Nets target Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has signed a one-year deal with the Lakers worth $18 million, according to multiple reports.
The Nets reportedly had "over 50 percent" chance to land pope, the NY Post's Brian Lewis reported on Tuesday.
With the Wizards matching the Nets' offer to Otto Porter, Jr., Caldwell-Pope was the team's next-best option still on the open market. The Nets will have $16.5 million in cap space to spend once Porter Jr. is off their books, and they could release or deal away other players to create more if needed.
Caldwell-Pope turned down a five-year, $80 million offer from the Pistons as he was searching for a max deal. The Pistons retracted the offer, and he wound up signing for much less.
The 24-year-old Pope is great two-way player who would've added more depth to the Nets backcourt that already has PG D'Angelo Russell in the mix after their deal with the Lakers.
The Nets also added SF DeMarre Carroll via trade with the Raptors Monday.
In four seasons with the Pistons, Caldwell-Pope has shot 40.5 percent from the field while only missing 14 games over that span. Last season, he averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists while also shooting 83.2 percent from the free throw line.