When general manager Rob Pelinka introduced Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as a Laker, he compared the acquisition of the 24-year-old guard to food falling from heaven by an act of divine providence.
Indeed, the Lakers were surprised and delighted to have the chance to sign Caldwell-Pope. And it would not have been possible without a move by the Pistons first.
On Tuesday, Caldwell-Pope faced his former team and coach, Stan Van Gundy, who said losing him was simply a matter of circumstance, no more.
“We never made a decision to move on from KCP,” Van Gundy said. “We were going through the process. They were looking around — [he...