The move comes shortly after the Pistons agreed to trade Marcus Morris to the Boston Celtics for Avery Bradley and a 2019 second-round pick, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that if Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is willing to ink a one-year deal, the Lakers would have significant interest in signing him to such a contract.
The Pistons' move indicates they are preparing for next summer when Bradley will become a free agent.
Detroit - saddled in luxury tax with more than $66 million committed to Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer for next season alone - was expected to match any competing offers on Pope. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com, the Pistons have made a decision to renounce Caldwell-Pope, a move that would make him an unrestricted free agent. Sacramento is considered done with free agency.
As for Caldwell-Pope himself, he would give the Lakers a young knockdown shooter who would help space the floor and would fit well in the backcourt next to Lonzo Ball.
Caldwell-Pope is coming off averaging 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 three-pointers per game in his fourth National Basketball Association season and could see an expanded offensive role in 2017-18, depending on who he ends up signing with. 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.