The Los Angeles Lakers officially announced that they have waived Robert Upshaw and Michael Frazier II with a goal of reducing the team’s roster down to 15 for the 2015-16 NBA season. Read on for further details.
According to the Los Angeles Lakers declared in NBA.com on October 20, they are aiming to reduce their roster down to 15 before the NBA season starts on October 28. They further announced that they have waived shooting guard Michael Frazier II as well as center Robert Upshaw as the first move to fulfill the team’s goal of reducing their roster to 15.
Based on a report from The Gospel Herald, Byron Scott, the head coach of the Lakers revealed that they wished to include Upshaw and Frazier to their D-League affiliates.
Upshaw has played college basketball for men’s basketball team of Washington Huskies (the University of Washington) and the Fresno State Bulldogs men’s basketball team.
The undrafted rookie initially signed with the Lakers on September 14. The team signed the 21-year-old player for a Summer League stint after noticing his performance in the 2015 NBA Draft. He scored an average of “2.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 0.75 blocks” during his stint with the Lakers. The center player made incredible performance in the four-preseason games also, following the league stint.
In fact, Upshaw’s performance even ignited the rumors that he would compete with Robert Sacre for the team’s final roster position.
The undrafted rookie Frazier II who has played college basketball for the men’s basketball team Florida Gators (University of Florida) joined the LA Lakers on August 25. He has an average score of “2.0 points, 0.8 assists, and 2.3 rebounds” during the four preseason games he played for the team.
The Los Angeles Lakers roster now has a total of 17 players, after the team has waived Upshaw and Frazier II. Hence, the team has to release two more before the 2015-16 NBA season begins on October 28.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ announcement of giving up Robert Upshaw has indeed surprised the team’s fans because of his wonderful performance in the team. The Lakers already have many rosters that have the same talents as that Michael Frazier II. Hence, there is no surprise that the team waived him to reduce their roster count.
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