Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope survived a dangerous incident on June 17. TMZ reported The player was assaulted at gunpoint while talking to friends in front of his house.
“The authorities indicate that this occurred on June 17 … when the Lakers player was in front of his house at four in the morning talking with friends,” detailed TMZ. “Our sources indicate that a car stopped and three individuals left with tracks in the air. They have NOT indicated that they told KCP and their friends to give them their things… which included a Rolex watch, jewelry and an iPhone. In total, the thieves took about $ 150,000 worth of merchandise. We have been told that KCP was not injured in the incident. “
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the crime in order to find the individuals who robbed Caldwell-Pope, according to TMZ.
KCP was part of viral playoff moment with LeBron
The Lakers’ season didn’t end the way many expected, but there was a moment that could impact Caldwell-Pope’s career in a positive way. After not shooting the Suns, LeBron James was yelling at Caldwell-Pope, prompting him to keep shooting at the rim.
“That was important to me,” Caldwell-Pope said according to Silver Screen and Roll. “He is one of the leaders in the team, he is the person I admire, one of my older brothers, so he meant a lot to me. Bron and I, we’ve been through a lot. I know he wants them to keep shooting. No matter how many times I miss, I’ll keep shooting. “
Caldwell-Pope averaged 9.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 67 games as a starter this season. The shooting guard was one of the few players on the team who was able to be consistent with his shooting. Caldwell-Pope hit 41 percent from 3s. Caldwell-Pope still has two years on his current three-for-$ 39.1 million contract.
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The shooting guard is one of the few players under contract for next season. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka expressed a desire to keep the core of the team together for the 2021-22 season.
“I am convinced that, once again and without having to deal with unforeseen circumstances, we are a candidate team for the title,” he said according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “So the goal is to keep the group together.”
But beyond Pelinka’s comments, Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma will surely be mentioned in trade rumors during the offseason as they are the only two who have contracts that can be used as bargaining chips on their roster. James keeps talking along the same lines as Pelinka with his comments in which he mentions what the Lakers could do if they were totally healthy.
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This is the original version of Heavy.com by Jonathan Adams