Pistons renounce rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope


Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell Pope

Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, considered the Nets' second choice among this summer's crop of restricted free agents, became an unrestricted free agent on Friday after the Pistons renounced his rights.

The problem is the Nets now have nearly all of their salary-cap space tied up in an offer sheet to Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter Jr., their first-choice restricted free agent.

Teams with projected cap space include Brooklyn (but only if the Otto Porter offer sheet is matched), Chicago, Indiana, LA Lakers, New York (but only if the Tim Hardaway Jr. offer sheet is matched), Orlando, Philadelphia and Sacramento.
That is too rich for the Pistons, who are over the $99 million salary cap and likely would have crossed the $119 luxury-tax threshold had they matched an offer Caldwell-Pope.

Bradley, 26, averaged 16.2 points per game and shot 39 percent from three-point range for the Celtics last season, when Boston reached the Eastern Conference finals. He averaged 13.8 points on sub-.400 shooting from the field but was tasked with defending the opposing team's best player on a nightly basis.

With Caldwell-Pope now on his way out of the Motor City, the Pistons are expected to extend a long-term offer to make Bradley a part of the team's core for years to come. This move also ensures that Avery Bradley will be the Pistons' starting shooting guard next season.

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