Written by: Eric Pappas
After this morning’s trade of Avery Bradley to the Pistons and then in turn the Piston’s renouncing KCP to make him an Unrestricted Free Agent as opposed to a Restricted Free Agent, it seems as if Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will leave Detroit to find a new home. ESPN’s Mark Stein reported on June 30th that the Nets were interested in Otto Porter Jr. and KCP, and are willing to spend a lot of money on both, with one already coming true with Porter Jr. signing an offer sheet with the team .
The Nets prior to the start of Free Agency said they were to be players in the KCP sweepstakes, however things took a turn for a worse when he plead guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and was suspended the first 2 games of the season. This made teams begin to back off of their interest due to concerns on his maturity.
Now with him not on a RFA the Nets won’t have to give up a crazy amount of money like they did to Otto Porter Jr., because there is no risk of a his former team matching it. With the signing of Caldwell-Pope and the Wizards not matching the Porter Jr.’s contract, the Nets would be in the running to make the playoffs again in a weak Eastern Conference way earlier then Sean Marks had intended. While the Nets wouldn’t have the deepest team in the east, but they would have one of the better trios of young scorers in the league.
Prediction: 4 years 80 million with the Nets.