The New York Knicks have interest in signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
By signing Caldwell-Pope for three years and a total of $40 million, the Lakers will be assured of him being on the team for the foreseeable future. The Lakers do have Caldwell-Pope's full Larry Bird rights and can offer him anything they want.
Caldwell-Pope, who is coming off an astonishing season with the Lakers, averaged 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game last season.
Caldwell-Pope had interest from teams around the National Basketball Association, including the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks, before ultimately staying in Los Angeles.
The agreement is another example of the Lakers swiftly executing their offseason plan, which has included trading for guard Dennis Schröder and signing Harrell and Wesley Matthews in free agency. Caldwell-Pope struggled at times during the regular season, however, during the playoffs, his numbers ascended.
Bringing Caldwell-Pope back, the most consistent and best player from the Lakers supporting cast during their most recent championship run, is a huge pick-up in free agency for the Lakers.