Keeping Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with Lakers ‘difficult’ with guard’s demands

Kentavious Caldwell Pope won a championship in his third year with L.A

The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a three-year, $40-million contract, his agent told The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Caldwell-Pope re-signed with the Lakers in July 2019 on a two-year, $16.6 million deal that included an $8.5 million player option for the 2020-21 season, which he declined. While Rich Paul looked around for a larger payday, the teams left with money to spend - the Knicks, Hawks - were not preferred landing spots for Caldwell-Pope. Caldwell-Pope struggled at times during the regular season, however, during the playoffs, his numbers ascended. Caldwell-Pope did soot 38.5% from three last season and was more efficient inside the arc than in the past. The 27-year-old guard was a key role player for the Lakers during their championship run, averaging 10.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 29 minutes per game.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope beats Miami's Duncan Robinson for a layup during the Lakers' title-clinching Game 6 win.

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