Robert Upshaw and Michael Frazier on D-Fenders’ training camp roster

Robert Upshaw confident the D-Fenders will lead him quickly to the NBA

Lakers center Robert Upshaw, right, knocks the ball away from Raptors guard Norman Powell during a preseason game on Oct. 8 in Ontario.

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The D-Fenders on Saturday announced the 16 players who will be invited to their training camp, including two recently cut from the Lakers’ roster -- center Robert Upshaw and guard Michael Frazier.

The two will represent the Lakers as affiliate players but are still technically NBA free agents, able to sign with any of the league’s 30 franchises.

Upshaw and Frazier are joined by former Lakers guards Vander Blue and Manny Harris, who are both returning players for the D-Fenders.

The NBA Development League held its 2015 draft on Saturday. The D-Fenders selected guard Jamal Branch, forwards Justin Hawkins and Steve Weingarten, and center Kentrell Gransberry. The team drafted Ian Chiles with the 50th overall pick, but sent him to the Oklahoma City Blue for a future third-round pick.


In addition to returning players Zach Andrews, Andre Ingram, Cleveland Melvin, Josh Magette and Malcolm Thomas, the team has invited three D-League tryouts to try to earn a spot on the roster: Elijah Gillis, Jamael Lynch and D.J. Shumpert.

Training camp will begin on Nov. 4, but the team will need to trim down to 10 players by Nov. 13.

Former Lakers guard Jabari Brown did not sign a D-League contract after the Lakers waived him last week. He’s expected to look to play overseas.

Forward Jonathan Holmes, who dislocated his shoulder while playing for the Lakers in the preseason, is still evaluating his options while recovering from his injury. The Lakers promised Holmes $100,000 for attending training camp.


If his injury takes longer than 15 or 16 of the team’s regular season games, the franchise would owe him additional salary until he’s medically cleared.

The Lakers can assign current players to the D-Fenders throughout the season, but as noted, other NBA teams can call up any of the players on the final 10-man roster.

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