Lakers News: Top Happenings Regarding Robert Upshaw, D’Angelo Russell and More

The Los Angeles Lakers are among the most intriguing teams in the NBA entering the 2015-16 season as they attempt to bounce back from a nightmarish campaign and continue to take steps toward stopping their downward spiral.

L.A. has been active this offseason in terms of signings and trades, and it also made a big splash at the draft by selecting talented guard D'Angelo Russell. Even though most of the top players are off the market at this point, the Lakers still have a chance to make some improvements.

Here is a look at the latest news regarding the Lakers' preparations for the upcoming 2015-16 campaign.


Robert Upshaw and Lakers Working on Deal

It seemed as though University of Washington center Robert Upshaw was a good bet to be selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA draft, but that changed when he was flagged at the combine for a possible heart condition.

That resulted in the seven-footer going undrafted, but after spending some time with the Lakers' summer league team, everything appears to be in place for him to sign a deal with L.A.

According to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, the two sides have an agreement in place, although no contract has been signed yet.

Per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Upshaw met with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak Thursday in an effort to hammer out the particulars of the contract. It still remains unofficial, but it is believed Upshaw will sign a two-year deal at the veteran's minimum.

He has been used sparingly in the summer league thus far and has put up modest numbers, but his talent is undeniable. The Fresno, California, native averaged 10.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.5 blocks for the Huskies last season before being dismissed for a violation of team rules.

Upshaw was previously dismissed from Fresno State, but he believes he is ready to put that behind ...

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