The Detroit Pistons have renounced their rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He is now an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team he chooses.
Pope was a restricted free agent garnering max contract consideration across the league after showing promise as a young, serviceable two-way wing in his fourth season. He averaged 13.8 points on sub-.400 shooting from the field but was tasked with defending the opposing team’s best player on a nightly basis.
Detroit — saddled in luxury tax with more than $66 million committed to Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer for next season alone — was expected to match any competing offers on Pope. The collective bargaining agreement allows teams to exceed the salary cap to re-sign their own players; not so much with other free agents.
Since the Spurs are still reportedly interested in signing him, this is bizarre. By renouncing Simmons, they immediately lose leverage with him and against the rest of the league. Other teams can negotiate with Simmons at their preferred price, rather than negotiate with him at a price they believe the Spurs wouldn’t match. It would make sense that Simmons would stay somewhat loyal to San Antonio, the team that discovered him and a stellar franchise.
If San Antonio didn’t plan on re-signing Simmons, they still didn’t need to renounce him. He would have been free to sign elsewhere, and the Spurs just wouldn’t have matched. In fact, this Cheap Moto X Jerseys would hurt Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys Simmons’ leverage to get more money with other teams if this were the case.
Either way, it’s a strange situation for Simmons. Last year, the 6’6 guard Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys played 78 games, averaging about 18 minutes and six points on 42 percent shooting.