Pistons Renounce rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

With Bradley in the fold, the Pistons renounced their rights to Caldwell-Pope, making him an unrestricted free agent as they lost the right to match any offer sheet he signs. This move also ensures that Avery Bradley will be the Pistons' starting shooting guard next season.

But dealing him gives Boston room under the salary cap to sign All-Star free agent forward Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million maximum contract.

Detroit has already made a slew of moves on a smaller scale since the free agency period began last week. He is widely believed to be the top free agent available in the market, thanks to his youth and two-way style of play.

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Caldwell-Pope's -1.4 nERD would position him 5th among Lakers players now locked in for the 2017-18 season.

Caldwell-Pope was previously a restricted free agent, but with the Pistons hard-capped following the signing of Langston Galloway, they wouldn't have been in a situation conducive to matching a lucrative offer sheet for the 24-year-old wing. Join the Detroit Jock City team! He was too far down the priority list for the Celtics to be that team to offer him the contract he'll command, but the Pistons will get Bradley for a year and will have the opportunity to make him a big offer.

"Caldwell-Pope is a player they feel could help them long-term, but it's a prelude to their pursuit of LeBron James, potentially", Wojnarowski said.

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