Former University of Washington Center Robert Upshaw's basketball journey has taken another detour. His NBDL contract was terminated on Friday for violation of the league's anti-drug program.
Upshaw was undrafted in last year's draft after being dismissed by Lorenzo Romar midway through the season last year. Despite not being drafted, he was upbeat about his prospects and signed on with the Los Angeles Lakers to play on its summer league team. After playing an inspired game against the Minnesota Timberwolves' Carl Anthony Towns, he was signed by the Lakers to a 2-year-deal although only a portion of the contract was guaranteed.
Upshaw was one of the last cuts made by the Lakers this past year. In his rookie season with the D-Fenders he averaged 7.3 points shooting 47.7% from the field and 4.5 rebounds in 15.6 minutes.
Unfortunately, Upshaw becomes another example of a player with great talent succumbing to drugs. Unless there is an appeal, it is likely that Upshaw's basketball career, if any, will continue overseas.