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Pistons renouncing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, making him a UFA

09 July 2017, 12:54 | Stacy Ballard

Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell Pope


After trading for guard Avery Bradley on Friday mourning, the Detroit Pistons announced they have renounced the rights of guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

The Pistons' move indicates they are preparing for next summer when Bradley will become a free agent.

ESPN's Bobby Marks noted the only other teams with cap space for the time being are the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings. Sacramento is considered done with free agency.

Caldwell-Pope is coming off averaging 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 three-pointers per game in his fourth National Basketball Association season and could see an expanded offensive role in 2017-18, depending on who he ends up signing with.

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Pope was a restricted free agent garnering max contract consideration across the league after showing promise as a young, serviceable two-way wing in his fourth season.

Brooklyn appears the most likely landing spot for Caldwell-Pope, assuming the Wizards match the offer sheet the Nets gave Otto Porter. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com, the Pistons have made a decision to renounce Caldwell-Pope, a move that would make him an unrestricted free agent.

Caldwell-Pope's pick-and-roll defense could still use some work, but considering he won't turn 25 until February and has proved capable of making developmental strides, he's a worthy gamble for teams in need of perimeter reinforcements.

A league-wide-believed snub in the NBA's All-Defensive team, Bradley managed to couple his usual ball-hawking defense with his best offensive season to date, putting up career-highs across the board with 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game while shooting an impressive 39 percent from deep and 46.3 percent from the floor.

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