Pistons renounce rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope amid Avery Bradley trade

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is now free to sign with any National Basketball Association team after the Pistons renounced his rights Friday, ESPN reported.

The Pistons' move indicates they are preparing for next summer when Bradley will become a free agent.

Teams with projected cap space include Brooklyn (but only if the Otto Porter offer sheet is matched), Chicago, Indiana, LA Lakers, New York (but only if the Tim Hardaway Jr. offer sheet is matched), Orlando, Philadelphia and Sacramento. On the other hand, the thought of losing KCP in free agency wasn't a great alternative either as it would leave a hole in a team already barely on the fringe of the playoffs. But they signed guard Langston Galloway to a three-year, $21 million contract and acquired Bradley, one of the top two-way guards in the National Basketball Association, from the Boston Celtics for forward Marcus Morris.

Bradley will also improve the Pistons' three-point shooting ability as the 39% he shot last season would have led the Pistons.

The Lakers will be young and building around Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, so a potential one-year addition of Caldwell-Pope could help the team's short-term growth. Over his first four seasons in the league, he played in 314 career games with the Pistons, averaging close to 12 PPG and knocking down better than 33 percent of his attempts from behind the long line. The decision to renounce his rights frees up some money for Detroit, with Caldwell-Pope's qualifying offer being worth $4,958,374.