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NBA Trade Rumors: 3 Teams Kentavious Caldwell-Pope could sign for this month

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2.84K   //    18 Dec 2018, 17:50 IST

Caldwell-Pope joined the Lakers back in the summer of 2017 and he was a regular starter during his debut season
Caldwell-Pope joined the Lakers back in the summer of 2017 and he was a regular starter during his debut season

Over the last month, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been continuously linked with a trade away from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Caldwell-Pope joined the Lakers back in the summer of 2017 and he was a regular starter during his debut season.

Starting 74 games, Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.3 assists, and Magic Johnson was impressed enough to reward the shooting guard with a new one-year contract worth $12 million.

Nevertheless, Caldwell-Pope has dropped down the Lakers rotation so far this season, and the player is currently averaging his lowest number of minutes since his rookie season (21.7 per game).

The Lakers tried to include the 25-year-old in a deal with the Phoenix Suns as they chased Trevor Ariza, although a deal fell through, and Ariza has since headed to Washington with the Wizards.

The former Pistons man is likely to attract further interest this month, and his recent 25 point performance against the Wizards served as a reminder of his talents. So with the Lakers looking to move the guard on, here are three potential trade destinations for Caldwell-Pope.


#3 Miami Heat

The Miami Heat are trying to deliver a playoff appearance to Wade in his final season
The Miami Heat are trying to deliver a playoff appearance to Wade in his final season

The Miami Heat have made a poor start to the 18/19 NBA season, although they remain in playoff contention due to the lack of quality in the Eastern Conference.

Despite a 13-16 start, the Heat are only trailing the eighth-placed Orlando Magic by one game, and the team will be confident of making the postseason if they can make further additions.

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Caldwell-Pope has been among the players linked with a move to Miami, although the franchise would struggle to take on his $12 million salary.

A three-team deal would make the trade possible, and this is something that could happen as the Heat become more desperate.

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