The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a couple of partially guaranteed contracts over the past few days, first inking Texas' Jonathan Holmes and then coming to terms with guard Michael Frazier out of Florida Sunday morning. All of this activity for the last few available roster spots has led many fans to wonder: what happened to the team's reported 2-year contract agreement with undrafted Washington center Robert Upshaw? Upshaw played with the Lakers in Las Vegas Summer League, but there has been quiet around when or if the team would actually sign him since Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com initially reported the agreement in July.
Sunday afternoon Eric Pincus of the LA Times reported that the Lakers have "no immediate plan to sign" Upshaw, but also allowed that his addition remains a possibility. Upshaw showed promise as a rim protector and screen setter in Las Vegas, but was clearly not in game shape and his much reported off the court issues could be leaving the team wary of giving him guarantees before they have to.
From the sound of things, Upshaw will still likely attend training camp, but without any type of guarantee in his contract he will face an uphill battle to make an already crowded roster. Should he fail to make the final 15-man roster, and even if he does, the Lakers' D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, remain the most likely destination for Upshaw throughout the year should he choose to remain with the Lakers organization.