Kentavious Caldwell-Pope says he will not be able to play in three Los Angeles Lakers' road games outside California in the next few weeks due to a modified 25-day restriction stemming from a plea agreement he reached on a misdemeanor offense while a player for the Detroit Pistons. If the Lakers guard complies with this new restriction, he is slated to miss the Lakers' games at Houston on Dec. 20, at Houston again on Dec. 31 and at Minnesota on Jan. 1. The only other Lakers' road game during the 25-day restriction -- which was given to Caldwell-Pope following a court appearance in Michigan this past week -- is at Golden State on Dec. 22. Caldwell-Pope will be able to play in that game since he will not be leaving the state. Caldwell-Pope already has missed one road game due to the restriction and was not with the team for the Lakers' 121-112 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. "With the court situation, we came up with the agreement that I still get to carry on with my season but only in the state of California for the 25-day restriction that I have," Caldwell-Pope said after practice Saturday. "I was blessed that I am able to continue to play ball." "It was always a possibility that I would continue to play," the guard added. "I just had agreed to some restrictions in order for me to continue to play." Caldwell-Pope was originally cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated but pleaded guilty in May to the lesser charge of allowing someone to operate his vehicle while under the influence, which carried a 12-month probation. Caldwell-Pope left the Lakers following a game in New York on Tuesday to go to Michigan, where he learned he had to return to California and miss Thursday's game in Cleveland to start an intensive program over the next 25 days with the intention of ending his probation early.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to miss 3 road games as part of plea deal
ESPN | Dec 16