D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle on Lakers’ summer league squad

D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Brown, Larry Nance Jr.

Laker draft picks, from left, D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Brown and Larry Nance Jr. answer questions during an introductory news conference in El Segundo on June 29.

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The Lakers on Thursday announced their Las Vegas summer league roster.

Current players and draft picks on the squad include guards D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown, guard/forward Anthony Brown, forwards Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. and center Tarik Black.

Randle missed nearly all of last season after breaking his leg on opening night. Russell was the Lakers’ second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft. He’ll be joined by fellow selections Nance (27th) and Anthony Brown (34th).

The Lakers have also brought in point guard Dwight Buycks, who was briefly on the roster at the end of last season before suffering a broken hand on the same day his 10-day contract expired.


The team will also include Alabama forward Tony Mitchell (who briefly played with the Milwaukee Bucks), Rhode Island guard Xavier Munford, UC Irvine forward Will Davis II and Washington center Robert Upshaw.

Upshaw is the most intriguing name on the list of new players.  The 21-year old seven-footer averaged 10.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.5 blocks through 19 games with the Huskies.

Initially hoped to be a high first-round talent, Upshaw went undrafted after getting kicked off two squads (Fresno State and Washington) for violating team rules.

Upshaw participated in the Houston treatment program of former NBA player and coach John Lucas, who has helped mentor other troubled players back to successful paths.


The Lakers’ summer squad will be coached by Mark Madsen, assisted by Larry Lewis and Thomas Scott, all members of Coach Byron Scott’s staff.

The team is set to start play on July 10 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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