Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Reportedly Among Brooklyn Nets' Top Free-Agent Targets

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2017

BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 21: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #5 of the Detroit Pistons shoots the ball against the Brooklyn Nets on March 21, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly set their sights on Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a potential restricted free agent, heading into the offseason.

Brian Lewis of the New York Post reported Wednesday that Caldwell-Pope is one of the Nets' "top targets," though their chances of landing him are unclear at this early stage.

The 24-year-old Georgia product is averaging 14.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.1 three-pointers for the Pistons through 66 games so far this season. The organization originally selected him with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

Caldwell-Pope and Detroit failed to reach an agreement on a long-term extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, which made him eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer.

The Nets can offer him a contract worth up to $103 million over four years, according to Lewis. The Pistons will have the opportunity to match any deal, though.

In mid-January, Aaron McMann of MLive.com reported the guard will likely ask for "upwards of $20 million a season" in his next contract. That's a substantial raise from the nearly $3.7 million he's receiving for the 2016-17 season, per Spotrac.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press passed along comments Caldwell-Pope made about his impending free agency, including the possibility of getting a max contract, in February:

I see myself as what I'm worth. If they see me as a max player, then that's what I'm worth. If not, then I guess I'm not worth a max player.

I gotta just go out and prove myself and just show like what I can do on the court, be a great teammate, give great energy each and every night and let them decide if I'm a max player or not.

In a league predicated on star power, Caldwell-Pope has flashed enough upside over the last two seasons to believe he could become a key building block. As such, the Nets' interest is no surprise, but they'll likely have plenty of competition if the Pistons aren't prepared to offer KCP a lucrative deal.

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