According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers are in pursuit of Rondo. If he reaches another level and they want to keep him (and can't get George), then they'll have had a year to sell him on the team and the ambitious guard will likely get his payday.
The Lakers have finally made a splash in free agency.
He averaged 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season with the Pistons.
What Would Rondo Bring to the Lakers?
Caldwell-Pope was among the top talents remaining on the free agent market after spending his first four National Basketball Association seasons with the Detroit Pistons. This helps both the player and team, at least for this season.
Head coach Luke Walton and Magic Johnson are unlikely to start Rondo over Ball, so he'd be the force behind their second-unit, which may be a ideal fit. With Jordan Clarkson already on the roster, Nwaba would have been battling with Hart to be third on the shooting guard depth chart. Caldwell-Pope has been a starter since his rookie season with the Pistons, but they elected not to award him a lucrative long-term deal to stay.
The Lakers may not be done tinkering with their backcourt rotation even after adding Caldwell-Pope.
This was a tough decision, but one the Lakers needed to make.
The Lakers went hard after Caldwell-Pope once he became an unrestricted free agent.
Taking on salary dumps, as Marks did with the Carroll deal and in a trade with the Lakers for D'Angelo Russell that also included center Timofey Mozgov, who is owed $48 million over the next three seasons, has proven to be a successful strategy.
Caldwell-Pope cannot officially sign with the Lakers until Nwaba clears waivers, but during that 48-hour process, another team can come in and claim the defensive-minded shooting guard that went un-drafted before finding a place on the Lakers' roster at the tail-end of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season.
It was clear Kentavious Caldwell-Pope wasn't going to return to the Pistons when the team renounced his rights last week.