Kyrie Irving is ready to move on from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The All-Star point guard reportedly requested a trade last week after deciding he no longer wanted to share the spotlight with LeBron James.
But Detroit became hard-capped after signing Langston Galloway and rookie Luke Kennard. The Pistons also finalized a trade that sent Marcus Morris to the Celtics for Avery Bradley, an established two-way shooting guard.
After that trade, the Pistons are only $16.5 million beneath the NBA’s hard cap, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, meaning they could not match any offers on Pope if they were more expensive than that number.
Pope is now the most coveted free agent on the market after players Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and Danilo Gallinari made their decisions.
The Los Angeles Lakers have significant interest in offering Pope a one-year “balloon deal,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There, he could join a young, budding core led by No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball.
Pope was expected to receive an offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets, but their US Cheap Jerseys money is tied up after making an offer on Washington’s restricted free agent Otto Porter.
The New York Knicks are another team expected to have interest in Caldwell-Pope, but they offered restricted free agent Tim Hardaway Jr. a lucrative four-year, $71 million offer Wholesale NBA Jerseys sheet — one the Atlanta Hawks are not expected to match.