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Report: Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee have player options on Year 2 of their contracts

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Lakers

Newly re-signed veterans center JaVale McGee and shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will both have player options on their respective contracts with the Los Angeles Lakers, per Yahoo Sports’ Keith Smith:

The Lakers signed McGee and Caldwell-Pope quickly after one of the final dominos, Kawhi Leonard, fell when he decided on their Staples Center rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers, joining Paul George there (via trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder).

Caldwell-Pope and McGee signed two-year deals with the historic franchise. The Lakers have also re-signed veteran point guard Rajon Rondo and guard Alex Caruso, while bringing in shooting guard Danny Green, four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, veteran forward Jared Dudley, reserve point guard Quinn Cook.

The 31-year-old McGee averaged 12.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game, 75 appearances, and 62 starts in his first season with the Lakers. He shot 62.4% from the floor and 63.2% from the free-throw line. Before LA, McGee spent two years with the Golden State Warriors, contributing to the back-to-back championship victories in 2017 and 2018.

The 6-foot-5 Caldwell-Pope, 26, has averaged 12.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 28.8 minutes per game and 156 appearances in his two-year tenure with the Lakers, making 97 starts in the process. He has shot 42.8% from the floor, 36.5% from beyond the 3-point arc, and 82.4% from the charity stripe.