Rich Paul reached out to the Los Angeles Lakers about their interest in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as he knew they had ample cap space this offseason that they were trying to preserve for 2018.

“Rich had called us with a possibility he would consider us for a one-year deal,” Magic Johnson said. “Rob and I really started watching film and we were just blown away. ... I wanted somebody mean and tough that we could count on to get that big stop for us.”

Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers.

Johnson and Rob Pelinka both thanked Paul for his work in helping the deal go smoothly.

Paul also represents LeBron James, who the Lakers are expected to pursue in 2018.