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Whether he encounters boos or cheer, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope looks forward to return to Detroit

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions If the Lakers are unable to land their top choices in free agency – LeBron James and Paul George – could Caldwell-Pope see a long-term fit in L.A.?“It would be good to be here,” he said. “But I’m just going to leave it up with my agent and the Lakers organization and how they think I would fit and what’s good for me.”HIP NOTICEDIsaiah Thomas will miss a second straight game on Monday in Detroit due to the sore right hip that kept him sidelined against the Grizzlies.“He said it’s been sore and he thinks a couple days off will help, so I said of course,” Walton said.Thomas missed seven months due to a torn labrum in his hip following last season and appeared in just 15 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers before being traded to the Lakers at the trade deadline. In 17 games with the Lakers, Thomas has averaged 15.6 points in nearly 27 minutes per game.He played 25 minutes on Thursday in the Lakers loss against the Pelicans in New Orleans and finished with 15 points.It was just another blow to the Lakers already depleted roster. The Lakers will hold a light walk-through on Sunday focused on trying to get Brandon Ingram back for Monday’s trip finale.But Josh Hart remains at home with a broken bone in his left hand and Channing Frye, while available for the past two games, has not played since undergoing an appendectomy over the All-Star break.ALSOWith the conclusion of the South Bay Lakers’ season on Saturday, two-way players Alex Caruso and Gary Payton II became eligible to rejoin the Lakers. Payton is expected to do so in Detroit, but Caruso is currently out with a concussion. “It’s a different building,” Caldwell-Pope said, “(so) it wouldn’t feel the same. I made a lot of my career in the Palace, but it’s just going to feel good to see the arena, see old fans there and old friends. I should have a good time.”Caldwell-Pope is averaging 13.7 points and a career-high 5.5 rebounds per game for the Lakers. He has started all 64 of the games in which he has played and has seen his numbers spike in the second half of the season.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It was easy for me to move on once that process happened,” he said.Detroit’s front office renounced his rights, allowing Caldwell-Pope to sign a one-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers.It was not the deal that Caldwell-Pope imagined when he first hit free agency in pursuit of a maximum contract. So this summer he will try again, hitting the open market in a top-heavy, but not especially deep, class of free agents.“It’d be nice to settle down in a great home instead of just moving around and stuff like that,” he said. “Right now I’m just thinking about my family and the security that we need.”Monday’s game in Detroit is unlikely to feel like much of a homecoming for the Lakers’ starting shooting guard. This is the first season the Pistons are playing at Little Caesar’s Arena in downtown Detroit, more than 30 miles south of the Palace of Auburn Hills. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img MEMPHIS – In the sixth month of the season, with only a handful of games left in the season, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will finally return to the city where he spent the first four years of his career.In a world where seemingly everyone gets a tribute video, Caldwell-Pope just doesn’t know how the people of Detroit will react to him.“I even asked my wife that,” Caldwell-Pope said Saturday. “I was like, ‘What you think? Will they boo me or give me a standing ovation?’ I don’t know. So, hopefully it’s not a boo, but if so, then it is what it is.”Caldwell-Pope left Detroit after the Pistons traded for all-defense guard Avery Bradley rather than face the prospect of matching an inflated offer sheet for the then-restricted free agent. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more