News about the Brooklyn Nets bold move in the offseason is the hot topic of online reports nowadays. Latest reports are saying that they are targeting to acquire Detroit Pistons' shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who seems to be on the rise as of late.
From the looks of it, the Brooklyn Nets are already out of the contention for a playoff spot this season. The Nets are sitting dead last of the Eastern Conference division having a 14-56 win-loss record, currently the worst record of a team this season. It appears that the team is already preparing for a total rebuild and now looking for capable players next season.
On the other hand, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is one player that's making a good impression lately. Selected by the Detroit Pistons in the first-round of the 2013 NBA Draft, he shown potential to be a dependable player this season. Averaging 5.9 points and two rebounds per game on his rookie year, he elevated his production to 14.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 67 games he played this season. With that, the Brooklyn Nets seem to be already preparing to aim at him in the offseason.
According to ESPN, after the Brooklyn Nets failed to sign Miami Heat's guard Tyler Johnson and Portland Trail Blazers' guard Allan Crabbe to a multi-dollar contract last summer, the team is now turning its attention to Detroit Pistons' guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who will become a restricted free agent after this season.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was already linked to trade rumors before the trade deadline last February but Detroit Pistons' head coach Stan Van Gundy blasted the rumors and stated that they are not trading their starting shooting guard. But it looks like the Brooklyn Nets are dead serious about pursuing him in the offseason.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is expected to receive more than $20 million annually on his next contract which the Brooklyn Nets is said to be willing to give. However, Piston owner Tom Gores earlier stated that signing Caldwell-Pope is one of their top priority in the offseason which means that the Detroit Pistons will likely match the offer sheet.
Will the Brooklyn Nets be able to steal Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from the Detroit Pistons?