Robert Upshaw officially signs with Lakers after overcoming personal issues

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With opening night of the NBA season edging ever closer, the Los Angeles Lakers continue to make additions to their roster.

The latest addition, that of seven-foot center Robert Upshaw, has been mooted for months now, but the famous franchise have only today confirmed a multi-year deal has officially been signed.

Undoubtedly talented, the young center went undrafted earlier this summer after a number of off-field issues had left several red flags against his name.


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"The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Robert Upshaw to a multi-year contract, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak," an official release from the LA franchise read.

Upshaw arrives in the NBA having been kicked off two school programs in successive seasons. The 21-year-old left both Fresno State and Washington after failing drug tests while with each college.

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His demons have also followed him as he looks to make it in the pros, as reported by Eric Prinus earlier this summer:


It is perhaps a sign of the Lakers' current situation that they are willing to take a gamble on the young player in the hopes of unearthing an undrafted gem to aid their rise up the NBA rankings.

Having said that, if Upshaw can stay on the straight and narrow in Los Angeles, then the Lakers may have gotten themselves a bargain.

He led the nation in blocks per game (4.5) during the 2014-15 college season and was widely regarded as a potential first-round draft pick before his off-court issues.

Upshaw's contract is likely to include only a minimal guarantee, meaning there isn't much risk on the Lakers' behalf.

Robert Upshaw will now get the chance to impress the Lakers staff at training camp having already played five games for the franchise's Summer League team earlier this year.

Lakers fans: Is this kind of move worth a shot, or could he be a bad influence? Have your say in the comments below...

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