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Los Angeles Lakers officially ink Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

By The Sports Xchange
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope goes up for a shot as a member of the Detroit Pistons. Caldwell-Pope signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. UPI Monika Graff
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope goes up for a shot as a member of the Detroit Pistons. Caldwell-Pope signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. UPI Monika Graff | License Photo

The Los Angeles Lakers officially signed shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the team announced Thursday.

Pope received a one-year deal worth $18 million, according to multiple reports. His agreement with the Lakers was reported earlier this week.

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Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and a career-high 2.5 assists in 76 games last season with the Pistons. He averaged 11.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 314 career contests since being selected by the Pistons with the eighth overall pick of the 2013 draft.

Caldwell-Pope will miss the first two games of the 2017-18 season after the NBA suspended him last month following his guilty plea to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in Auburn Hills, Mich. He was arrested in March after police pulled him over for driving 45 mph in a 25-mph zone and a breathalyzer test displayed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.

Caldwell-Pope will join No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball as the likely starters in the Lakers' remade backcourt.

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