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D-Fenders Finalize 2015 Training Camp Roster

October 31, 2015 - NBA G League (G League) - Los Angeles D-Fenders News Release

EL SEGUNDO - The Los Angeles D-Fenders have finalized their list of training camp invitees for the

2015-16 season. The roster is comprised two Lakers affiliates in Michael Frazier and Robert Upshaw. The roster also includes seven returning players and three local tryout players. In addition, the D-Fenders made five selections in today's NBA D-League Draft. Prior to the draft, the D-Fenders traded a 2015 third-round pick to Raptors 905 in exchange for the Raptors third-round pick in 2016. With their 50th overall pick, the D-Fenders selected Ian Chiles. Immediately following the draft, the D-Fenders traded Chiles to the Oklahoma City Blue for a future third-round pick. Training camp will commence on November 4th and the final roster will be set by November 13th.

The training camp roster is as follows:



Zach Andrews F 6'9" 230 3/9/85 Bradley Returning

Vander Blue G 6'4" 200 7/17/92 Marquette Returning

Jamal Branch G 6'3" 170 9/30/92 St. John's Draft

Michael Frazier G 6'4" 200 3/8/94 Florida Affiliate

Elijah Gillis F 6'11" 235 9/14/87 Cumberland Tryout

Kentrell Gransberry C 6'9" 290 8/1/85 South Florida Draft

Manny Harris G 6'5'' 185 9/21/89 Michigan Returning

Justin Hawkins F 6'7'' 210 5/18/85 New Mexico State Draft

Andre Ingram G 6'3" 195 11/19/85 American Returning

Jamael Lynch G 6'1'' 180 6/10/85 Rhode Island Tryout

Josh Magette G 6'1'' 160 11/28/89 Alabama-Huntsville Returning

Cleveland Melvin F 6'8" 208 6/25/91 DePaul Returning

D.J. Shumpert F 6'7" 190 6/8/90 Cal State-San Bernardino Tryout

Malcolm Thomas F 6'9" 225 11/8/88 San Diego State Returning

Robert Upshaw C 7'0" 250 1/5/94 Washington Affiliate

Steve Weingarten F 6'8" 215 11/2/88 La Salle Draft


The NBA Development League's Los Angeles D-Fenders, the first franchise in D-League history to be owned by an NBA team (Los Angeles Lakers), will return for its ninth season of competition in 2015-16. The D-Fenders franchise has quickly established itself as a top producer of NBA-ready talent, totaling 21 NBA Call-Ups and developing 17 Lakers assignment players since the inaugural 2006-07 season. In addition, the D-Fenders became the first team in league history to win the Development Champion award (2011-12), which is an honor

given to the team that best embodies the NBA D-League's goals of developing NBA basketball talent via call-ups and assignments. The D-Fenders also claimed the franchise's second Western Division Championship in 2013-14, joining the division title earned during the 2011-12 season.

For the fifth consecutive season, the D-Fenders will play their home games at the Toyota Sports Center; the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, CA. Information on D-Fenders 2015-16 season ticket packages and single-game tickets can be found by logging onto the team's website ( or by contacting Benny Garcia at (310) 426-6043 / [email protected]

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