Pistons' Caldwell-Pope Building On Success; Granger Signs With Heat
Tuesday Jul 08, 2014 12:00am
Pistons' Caldwell-Pope looking to build on success
(ORLANDO) – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope came to the Orlando Pro Summer League wanting nothing more than to pick up where he left off at the end of the NBA regular season. Talk about lofty goals. Considering how the last game of Caldwell-Pope's rookie season in Detroit evolved into a career-high 30-point night in a shootout against league MVP Kevin Durant on the road, it's understandable how such a wave of confidence and momentum can carry a budding prospect through the offseason. Caldwell-Pope has entered the summer league fueled by the same confidence he had on the final night of the regular season more than two months ago. Through his first two games of action in the 10-team Orlando field, Caldwell-Pope is averaging a league-high 28 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals while shooting 46 percent overall from 3-point range. Orlando is the ideal environment for the sharp-shooting wingman to develop the versatility and stability he'll need to find a role on a Pistons team that will be revamped under new coach and president Stan Van Gundy. There's also a key element helping to spark Caldwell-Pope's urgency: looming competition for a job.
Former Pacer Granger to join Heat
(MIAMI) - Free agents Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger have committed to sign new deals to join the Miami Heat, team president Pat Riley said in a statement Monday. Sources told ESPN.com that McRoberts will receive a four-year deal worth an estimated $23 million which includes an option to return to free agency entering the fourth season. Granger, who played for the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers last season, has agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal with the Heat, according to other sources. McRoberts thus becomes the first player Riley can present to LeBron James as a new future teammate in Miami's quest to persuade James to re-sign with the Heat. Granger averaged 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last season.