Lakers News: Latest on Roster Moves, Rotation Changes and More

Roster changes and fine-tuning how things will play out on the hardwood rule the day for the Los Angeles Lakers as they continue the march toward the regular season.

Thanks to a rather strong offseason between the draft and getting key players back in the fold, general manager Mitch Kupchak and the front office had some serious decisions to make before the real contests got underway. 

Below, let's take a look at the latest nuggets surrounding the team, including various roster moves and a deeper dive into the Kobe Bryant situation. 


Trimming the Roster

Thanks to quality depth underneath the basket, those who follow the Lakers knew this would be news sooner rather than later. 

According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers decided to part ways with undrafted rookie Robert Upshaw:

It's not a shocking turn of events given the items Bresnahan listed above. The team also waived Michael Frazier, per Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.

Upshaw is the main point here, though. Many thought the undrafted rookie stood a strong chance at making the roster because were it not for off-court concerns, he surely would have warranted a pick.

Bresnahan provided a look at the plan surrounding the former Washington star:

Upshaw lost 20 pounds and showed dedication to making the final roster, but it would have been difficult for most any rookie to break through the depth lines of Robert Sacre and Tarik Black behind Roy Hibbert.

For now, Upshaw will have to wait his turn to work up the depth chart unless he heads somewhere else.


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