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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Nuggets agree to 2-year, $30 million deal

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the Denver Nuggets have agreed to a two-year, $30 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Rich Paul, CEO of Klutch Sports.

Paul stated that the contract, which begins with the 2023-24 season, includes a player option.

Caldwell-Pope had entered the last year of his $14 million contract. The contract’s guarantees will increase Caldwell-career Pope’s earnings to $120 million.

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Caldwell-Pope, 29, was acquired from the Washington Wizards in a trade two weeks ago and is anticipated to be a key 3-and-D performer to complement MVP Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Michael Porter Jr.

Caldwell-Pope should profit from Jokic’s exceptional passing ability. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, he ranks in the top 10 among 59 players who have attempted 500 catch-and-shoot 3-point attempts over the past two seasons, with a shooting percentage of 41%.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Caldwell-Pope shot 44.8 percent on open 3-pointers with Washington last season, placing him in the top 10 among players with 150 attempts.

Caldwell-Pope was acquired by Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth in the trade that sent Will Barton and Monte Morris to Washington. In his first full season with the Wizards, Caldwell-Pope started 77 games and averaged 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.

Caldwell-Pope has averaged 11.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game for his career, which includes stops with the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers.

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