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Lakers' best defensive upgrade of offseason basically fell in their lap

Lakers' best defensive upgrade of offseason basically fell in their lap

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...

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