The Los Angeles Lakers weren't done working through prospects after the 2015 NBA Draft concluded. Undrafted free agent Robert Upshaw has committed to playing with the Lakers' Las Vegas Summer League squad, reports Shams Charania of Real GM. giving the franchise a chance to look at a high-upside defensive center who fell out of the draft following a heart issue that was flagged during the NBA Draft combine in Chicago. His health issues have since been cleared, but it wasn't enough to rescue his draft stock.
Upshaw is a shot-blocking presence with a 7'5 wingspan that makes him a tremendous rim protector. He averaged 4.5 blocks per game in 19 games played with the Washington Huskies. His season was cut short with Washington after he was kicked off the team following suspected drug-related issues, though, which was a big blow to his perceived value.
Ultimately no team decided they'd be the ones gambling a draft pick on the potential defensive stalwart, but the Lakers swooped in for the opportunity to turn over a very interesting stone. There's essentially no risk involved for Los Angeles bringing him along to Vegas, making for a fantastic acquisition at no cost for Mitch Kupchak.
This adds even more talent to a stacked Lakers Summer League team that's quickly becoming must-watch basketball in July. Here's DraftExpress' breakdown on Upshaw: