The Detroit Pistons have renounced the rights to restricted free agent sharpshooter Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This comes only an hour after finalizing a trade with the Boston Celtics to acquire perimeter hawk Avery Bradley and a 2019 second-round pick for forward Marcus Morris.
Now an unrestricted free agent, Caldwell-Pope is bound to field plenty of offers around the league as a three-and-D archetypical shooting guard. He is widely believed to be the top free agent available in the market, thanks to his youth and two-way style of play.
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.
A league-wide-believed snub in the NBA’s All-Defensive team, Bradley managed to couple his usual ball-hawking defense with his best offensive season to date, putting up career-highs across the board with 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game while shooting an impressive 39 percent from deep and 46.3 percent from the floor.