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Lakers eyeing huge role for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

During his introductory press conference with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday afternoon, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope quickly made it clear what he believes he can bring to the table for his new team. 

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. 

This had even garnered some major praise from team president Magic Johnson, who had even compared him to his former Showtime Lakers teammate Michael Cooper. 

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. 

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. 

Ultimately, the Lakers believe they may have found another piece to the puzzle that could help them take another step forward next season. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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