Kentavious Caldwell-Pope pens emotional farewell to Lakers organization

Peter Dewey
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope issued an emotional farewell to the Los Angeles Lakers organization after he was traded to the Washington Wizards in a package for Russell Westbrook.

The Lakers moved Caldwell-Pope, forward Kyle Kuzma, big man Montrezl Harrell and the No. 22 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft in the deal for Westbrook this offseason.

Caldwell-Pope spent the past four seasons with the Lakers and was a part of the team that won the NBA title during the 2019-20 season.

In his four years with the Lakers, Caldwell-Pope averaged 11.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from beyond the arc.

A solid defender, Caldwell-Pope’s presence will be missed on the Lakers during the 2021-22 season.

However, Los Angeles clearly believes that a trio of Westbrook, LeBron James and Anthony Davis can win a title next season.

It will be interesting to see how the Lakers honor Caldwell-Pope and others when they return to Staples Center during the 2021-22 season.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.