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Report: Pistons renounce rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope amid Avery Bradley trade

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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.

Bradley’s arrival spelled the end of the KCP era in Detroit despite general manager Jeff Bower and owner Tom Gores seeming hellbent in retaining his services during the regular season.

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.

The Brooklyn Nets are expected to be one of his major suitors if the Washington Wizards end up matching the $106.5 million offer sheet for swingman Otto Porter.

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.