In a candid exchange with reporters two days ago, Stan Van Gundy, who’s both head coach and president of the Pistons, wouldn’t commit to keeping Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the 6’5” shooting guard the Nets reportedly have their eyes on.
Here’s what Van Gundy told the media about KCP, a restricted free agent, as reported by Rod Beard of the Detroit News...
#Pistons SVG on keeping Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who will be a restricted free agent and could get some huge.. pic.twitter.com/jZWbdGQ1xx— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) March 27, 2017
Detroit already has salary commitments of $95 million next season and $91 million in 2018-19, meaning a big contract for KCP would push the Pistons to near the luxury tax threshold or over it, depending on what else the team does before July 1.
Because Caldwell-Pope is a restricted free agent, the Pistons will have two days to match any offer sheet the 6’5” shooting guard receives in July. Caldwell-Pope is likely to get an offer sheet from the Nets, according to various reports. He has already turned down an extension from the Pistons. It’s believed KCP is seeking a four-year deal starting at $20 million. He and Detroit tried to negotiate a deal before the season but failed.
The Nets may not be the only team who will talk to Caldwell-Pope. The Detroit Free Press reported recently that the 76ers may also be interested.
- Stan Van Gundy reminder: Detroit Pistons in control of KCP next year - Rod Beard - Detroit Free Press