KCP: "I feel like I bring a lot to the table on both sides of the ball. I'm ready to get to it." #lakers
— Bob Garcia IV (@bgarcia90) July 18, 2017
Through his four years in the league, the 24-year-old has become a strong two-way player on both ends of the floor and is coming off a productive campaign where he averaged 13.8 points on a career-high 35 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He has also developed the reputation as being an above-average defender in his first few NBA seasons.
Magic Johnson on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: "We needed a two-guard. A special two-guard that can play both sides of the ball."
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 18, 2017
The addition of Caldwell-Pope was monumental for general manager Rob Pelinka that he referenced a bible passage where the Israelites had bread come down from the heavens to feed them. Despite adding him on a one-year deal worth $18 million, the Lakers voiced much convince in the potential impact that the veteran guard could bring to the team.
Words can't explain this moment! So blessed and thankful for it! pic.twitter.com/p5KleDg3iX
— Kentavious C.P (@CaldwellPope) July 18, 2017
Caldwell-Pope falls into place of the mold of what the Lakers are hoping to possess a player that can play both ends of the floor while holding the versatility of taking the floor in multiple positions.
Beyond that what the signing of Caldwell Pope means for Los Angeles is another major step forward in the direction of building a team that has the primary identity set through their defense that will lead to scoring in transition.
Magic Johnson on the of team he and Rob Pelinka are building:"That's what we want to do: defend and get out on the break."
— Shahan Ahmed (@shahanLA) July 18, 2017
Ultimately, the Lakers believe they may have found another piece to the puzzle that could help them take another step forward next season.