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REPORT: Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope unlikely to be traded before trade deadline

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lakers

The NBA trade deadline is this week and it looks like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is still going to be with the Los Angeles Lakers once the deadline passes.

According to Brad Turner and Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, it is unlikely Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be traded before the Feb. 7 trade deadline.

Caldwell-Pope has veto power over any trade he might be involved in, and one person familiar with his situation who was not authorized to speak publicly said it is unlikely Caldwell-Pope will be traded before the deadline. He is playing on a one-year contract worth $12 million.

As the reports says, Caldwell-Pope has to approve a trade should the Lakers find a taker for him. The guard was previously linked to the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers, but those rumors have quieted down.

In 53 games this season for the Lakers, Caldwell-Pope is averaging 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists. The 25-year-old is shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 85.8 percent from the free-throw line.

LeBron James, Caldwell-Pope and Anthony Davis all share the same agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. The Lakers reportedly haven’t included Caldwell-Pope in any of their trade offers to the New Orleans Pelicans for Davis.