Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a modest best-possible addition for the Indiana Pacers when looking at the free-agency landscape.
At least two-thirds of the league will be operating over the cap. nike cheap nfl jerseys Among the 10 squads, give or take a couple, that can chisel out significant room, most won’t use it. Rebuilding teams like Atlanta, Brooklyn, Dallas, etc. could holster their flexibility for 2019 and beyond or try leasing out their space for pick-and-prospect goody bags.
The Pacers, meanwhile, are carrying more than $30 million in non-guaranteed contracts. That alone, technically, leaves them flush. They’ll have more breathing room if Thaddeus Young declines his player option.
General manager Kevin Pritchard could take this opportunity to double down on Indy’s 48-win campaign with a bigger, more expensive name. He could drive up the price tag on restricted free agents like Aaron Gordon and Jabari Parker.nike nfl cheap jerseys Or he could test the loyalty of certain veterans from contenders. Think along the lines of Trevor Ariza and JJ Redick.
Pritchard and the Pacers can do all that. But they won’t. As the Indianapolis Star’s J. Michael underscored following the Pacers’ exit interviews:
“Although there’s a lot of built-in flexibility on the roster with two player options and two team options for next season, four players with only partial guarantees of their salaries and one with a non-guaranteed deal, the Pacers will be careful nfl nike jerseys cheap china with team chemistry and not shake up everything just for the sake of doing so for name free agents. If they make significant changes, it’ll be for more than talent. It’ll be with fit.”cheap nike nfl jerseys from china
Caldwell-Pope presents a nice, if slightly experimental, fit. Look past the junky pull-up twos, and he’ll complement Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo. He pushes the ball after defensive rebounds, can initiate pick-and-pops and is familiar with working off the ball. He hit more than 40 percent of his spot-up threes with the Lakers.
Slotting him at the 3 costs the Pacers some size, but the frenetic energy of a nike jerseys nfl cheap Collison-Oladipo-KCP troika will do some damage in the East. Equally paramount: Caldwell-Pope shouldn’t command anything near his 2017-18 salary ($17.8 million) if he signs a multiyear deal.