Rumor: Sixers could be a landing spot for Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
The Los Angeles Lakers have had discussions about trading shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in recent days and the Philadelphia 76ers could be a landing spot for him, according to Tania Ganguli of the LA Times.
An ESPN report surfaced Sunday afternoon that claimed the Lakers were trying to acquire Phoenix Suns small forward Trevor Ariza in a three-team trade which could involve the Sixers. Brandon Robinson of Scoop B Radio reported on Monday about the possibility of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope being involved in the said negotiation.
Hearing the third team in potential Trevor Ariza Lakers/Suns deal would be the Philadelphia 76ers.
Currently being discussed per source: LA giving up KCP & a 1st round pick, Phoenix Suns giving up Trevor Ariza, & the Philadelphia 76ers giving up Markelle Fultz, Shake Milton. pic.twitter.com/x5AH9InLl3
— Brandon Robinson (@ScoopB) December 10, 2018
In 27 games this season for the Lakers, Caldwell-Pope is averaging 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 38.5 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 92.6 percent from the free-throw line. The 25-year-old is only playing 21 minutes a game.
Caldwell-Pope, of course, has the same agent as Lakers superstar small forward LeBron James, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. Caldwell-Pope is making $12 million this season and will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019.
The Sixers do need more perimeter shooting around Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, so the addition of Caldwell-Pope would be beneficial to the team. Caldwell-Pope would also get more playing time in Philadelphia, especially if the Sixers part ways with Markelle Fultz.