During the 2017-18 season, Los Angeles Lakers served guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on a 25-day prison sentence for violating the terms of his probation that came out of a DUI charge.
Caldwell-Pope was allowed to leave the Detention Center to attend practices and games as part of a work release program, but was not allowed to travel outside the state of California. The Lakers allowed Caldwell-Pope to play in all their home games, decided whether many people in the organization had a problem, according to ESPN's Baxter Holmes:
In the same season, Caldwell-Pope was allowed to practice and play with the staff and serve a 25 day sentence on the terms of his probation which exceeds the DUI charge – a decision made by one-stop staff, the franchise. Caldwell-Pope was allowed to leave the Seal of the Seal Beach Police Detention Center to meet Lakers practices and games in California as part of a work release program, but was not allowed to travel outside the state, which left him unattended. only one game there Cleveland, head in Minneapolis and two in Houston. In total, Caldwell-Pope lost four games while serving his prison sentence but he was in nine, starting each.
“Any person (s) put it on a personal holiday or suspended it,” one training staff member said.
“I had a big problem with that,” said Lakers' front office executive.
Some believe that the Lakers wanted to reassure LeBron James and his agent, Rich Paul from Klutch Sports, who also represents Caldwell-Pope.
The Lakers terminated James's signature in summer 2018 to four years, and at the same time renamed Caldwell-Pope.