Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was absent from the Lakers loss in Cleveland on Saturday due to legal restrictions stemming from a March arrest that could cause him to miss additional games, ESPN reported. The 24-year-old starting shooting guard was previously suspended for the first two games of this season by the NBA following an arrest on suspicion of drunken driving while a member of the Detroit Pistons. As part of a modified sentence after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense of allowing someone to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated, ESPN reported, Caldwell-Pope was required to return to California to begin a 25-day program that will limit his ability to travel. Caldwell-Pope’s attorney, Jeffrey Lance Abood, told ESPN in a statement that by pleading guilty to the lesser charge, the Georgia native “was subject to extremely strict and challenging compliance terms by the court.” According to Abood, the court modified the sentence and released him from probation early “so long as he completes an intensive program over the next 25 days.” He continued: “There will be some travel restrictions, but we are pleased that Kentavious will now continue with his NBA season and move forward in a positive manner from this experience.” The Lakers signed Caldwell-Pope to a one-year contract worth $18 million in July. In 24 games, the former lottery pick has averaged 14.2 points and 4.9 rebounds in 34.5 minutes per game.
Caldwell-Pope could miss further games due to legal matter, travel restriction
Orange County Register | Dec 16