The Los Angeles Lakers are back to full strength come the start of next week. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be released from Seal Beach Detention Center on Monday, capable of traveling with the team outside of California once again, reports Chris Haynes of ESPN.
Caldwell-Pope plead guilty to violating his probation, failing to comply with an order in Michigan stemming from a DUI arrest in March. He was ordered to serve a 25-day sentence after the judgment on Dec. 13, and was allowed to be released for Lakers-related work in the state of California.
Kentavious has averaged 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.8 assists per game while serving his sentence, with his shooting percentages plummeting. He’s shooting just 34.8 percent from the field overall, and 22.5 percent from three-point range.
Caldwell-Pope participated in Lakers practices, and played in games in California, but returned to the facility between those moments. The Lakers having their starting shooting guard fully integrated with the team, and out of a detention facility, should be positive steps for both Kentavious and the franchise.
The Lakers are in the midst of a nine game losing streak, but there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Lonzo Ball made his return Friday against the Charlotte Hornets, Brook Lopez returned just one game prior, and Caldwell-Pope can re-focus his attention to a return to a normal life.