Day 11 of NBA Free Agency – Youth

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to the Los Angeles Lakers

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was one of the biggest names left on the open market. He was a restricted free agent, meaning that the Pistons were able to match the contract of whatever team he agreed to. The Lakers offered him a one-year, 17 million dollar contract and this Pistons felt that it was too much to pay for their young star shooting guard. Why did Caldwell-Pope decide to sign with the Lakers of all teams? I don’t know. I know he was somewhat interested in signing a one-year deal so he could hit unrestricted free agency next year, but I don’t even understand that. Most times, restricted free agents are paid more than unrestricted, so this doesn’t make a lot of sense to me for Caldwell-Pope. For the Lakers, their adding another young player to their core, so you can’t really go wrong.

Dewayne Dedmon to the Atlanta Hawks

Dewayne Dedmon had a breakout year last year in San Antonio. Everyone always knew he was a great rebounder but couldn’t do much else. This season, his scoring, defense, and rebounding ability all improved and he became the Spurs’ starting Center in the second half of the season. He seems to be chasing minutes signing with the Hawks. The Hawks have already traded Dwight Howard to the Hornets, leaving them without a starting center. There is a good chance that Dedmon could break out even further next year on an awful Atlanta Hawks team.


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