Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope declining player option, has several suitors

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Los Angeles Lakers will decline his player option for the 2020-2021 season and enter free agency, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. There were reports a month ago indicating that Pope will opt to try free agency.

According to Charania, Pope is expected to have several suitors. The teams have an impression that he is willing to listen to offers. It is possible that he will leave Los Angeles after winning a ring.

The 27-year-old guard was on a two-year contract with the Lakers and was to earn $8.5 million during the coming season. Pope joined the Lakers in 2017 as an unrestricted free agent. During three years in Los Angeles, he won one championship (last season).

Last season, Pope averaged 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists coming off the bench for the eventual champions.