Caldwell-Pope, 25, will head into his second season with the Lakers after finishing a one-year, $18 million deal.
LeBron James bid farewell to Cleveland Cavaliers.
But the Lakers will instantly rise with James, a three-time champion who after being swept by the Warriors in this year's NBA Finals said he is still driven and very much in 'championship mode'. The Lakers should have the cap space to sign at least one of them to a max contract, too.
The team can pair James - and whoever else might be coming - with Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. James will make him better.
Capela is a restricted free agent, which means the Rockets can match any offer the Lakers or another team make.
He will sign a 1-year, $4.5 million deal, a little bit more than he was set to make in IN, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes. Clint Capela and others with six years or less in the league can make a max salary of $25.25 million for the 2018-19 season. That number will slowly rise over the course of the contract.
The Spurs would prefer not to trade Leonard at all, especially to a Western Conference team, but they also know this relationship is beyond fix and they have to do the trade that will net them the best return.
LeBron is heading to LA. James can start building a team that can beat the Warriors. And if the National Basketball Association decides to scrap its current one-and-done draft requirement, the rule that stipulates draft hopefuls must be at least one year removed from High School, then the possibility of James Jr being drafted straight out of High School becomes very much a live option. Los Angeles is a pretty lucky place. The Lakers, as they stand today without Leonard, are a good team.
He teamed with Kobe Bryant for three straight titles and made entertainment industry contacts that has led to a lucrative endorsement career long after his 2011 retirement as a player.
Johnson, an NBA legend and president of basketball operations in Los Angeles, told reporters last week that he would resign if he could not attract top talent in the next two off-seasons.
Early Monday morning, we got our answer. His initial reaction to the move was extremely positive. "Welcome to the family", he wrote on Twitter. He added that Northeast Ohio "will always be home".
People also reckon fans in the Eastern Conference, where LeBron has been playing, will also be pleased about the switch. Pic: GettyIn his time with the Cavs, James managed to bring a championship to Cleveland.
The failure convinced James it was time to leave and in a televised reveal, James moved to the Miami Heat alongside stars Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
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