The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Robert Upshaw to a multi-year deal on Monday.
Upshaw impressed the Lakers management with his impressive show in five games he featured for the side in the summer league in Las Vegas. Upshaw averaged 1.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in 11.5 minutes per game for the Lakers in Vegas, a performance which earned him a multi-year deal with the franchise.
He stole the limelight with three timely blocks within a spell of 12 minutes against Minnesota. Upshaw went undrafted after his sophomore season out of Washington as an early candidate in 2015. He also featured for Fresno state in his college career, but was ejected from both the teams due to off-court issues. Upshaw’s performance at Nations drew special praise.
The 7-foot center led the Nations with 4.5 blocks per game in 24.9 minutes during 19 appearances in 2014-15. His average of 10.9 points on 59.3% shooting and 8.2 rebounds for the Huskies in the final collegiate season also deserved mention. The stats includes six double-doubles.
With the inclusion of Robert Upshaw, the Lakers’ roster has increased to 18 members, with 12 men having fully guaranteed contracts. $35,000 of Upshaw’s $525,093 is guaranteed for the first season in 2015-16. His salary for the second season is worth $874,636, but completely non-guaranteed, according to person with knowledge of the deal.
The Lakers are still considering to add two more to their roster, including veteran forward Metta World Peace, as reported by Morning News USA earlier.
According to a Lakers executive, the team gave the 7-foot center few personal treatment goals for earning a final spot in the roster. Upshaw was up-front with many of his missteps during the interview with the Los Angeles outfit.