Los Angeles Lakers have decided to waive point guards Michael Frazier II and center Robert Upshaw.
Frazier II signed for the Lakers on August 25 after going undrafted as a rookie out of Florida. The rookie guard played in four preseason games for Lakers averaging 2.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 13.5 minutes per game.
Upshaw, another undrafted rookie out of Washington, featured in four of the seven preseason games the Lakers played so far, averaging 2.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 0.75 blocks in 14.1 minutes per game.
The rookie originally signed on September 14. The Lakers were looking to cut down their roster to final 15 prior to the start of October 28.
Contrary to what Twitter says, Lakers aren't stupid. They value upside. Cutting Upshaw means they don't believe he was as good as you think.
— Bill Oram (@billoram) October 20, 2015
The waiver of Upshaw was a bit surprising because he was supposed to fight with Robert Sacre for the final roster spot. But the former Washington guard failed to live up to expectations and could only show a few glimpses of his potential in the preseason games.
The presence of promising stars like Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, and Lou Williams shut the door for Frazier. The move cut the Lakers roster to 17 players, so two more need to be released before the start of the regular season on October 28, according to the league rules.