The Lakers were hellbent on keeping their salary cap clean beyond 2017 as they want to be big players in 2018. Nearly immediately after the Pistons renounced his rights and cap hold, rumors came from the Lakers that they would be interested in his services if he would be interested in a one-year balloon contract. The Lakers roster now sits at 14 players. Rondo also reportedly met with Magic Johnson in Los Angeles on Monday as well.
On Wednesday, it was reported that another good guard is headed to Los Angeles.
"The Brooklyn Nets are planning to be an aggressive pursuer of Caldwell-Pope, angling to pair him in a young backcourt with D'Angelo Russell, league sources told ESPN", Wojnarowski wrote in his report.
According to Medina, the Lakers are unsure if he fits into their plans. That's why they were hesitant to sign anyone for more than a year this offseason. "It was a matter of balancing that we can get Avery Bradley and manage our luxury-tax situation a lot better, which allows us to do some other things and to keep flexibility and so that trade-off when the deal came up is when we chose to make it". The Lakers have been linked to point guard Tyler Ennis, who played with the team last season. To their credit, they swooped in and landed him.
Right now, the Lakers do not have a true backup point guard. It'd also be interesting to see how Caldwell-Pope and Clarkson would wind up on the depth chart at shooting guard, but it's hard to envision Clarkson being pushed back to the second-team at this point.
It will be something the Lakers will have to discuss and decide. Though the talent left on the market is obviously not what it was when free agency started on July 1st, some teams are still looking to add some veteran leadership or some young talent with upside.
There are positives and negatives to each decision. It's a risk, as with any gamble, because next year's market looks to be even tighter than this market was, which was already significantly less player-friendly than last year's.