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The Los Angeles Lakers continue to add depth to their roster for training camp which is set to open up in one week. The Lakers announced the signings of Keith Appling, Roscoe Smith, Jabari Brown and Jeremy Tyler on Tuesday.
OFFICIAL: Keith Appling, Jabari Brown, Roscoe Smith & Jeremy Tyler signed to training camp roster: http://t.co/IBvNqrpNEp
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) September 23, 2014
The 4 players added on Tuesday puts the Lakers training camp roster to 18, with 14 of those contracts being at least partially guaranteed.
Appling is an undrafted rookie free agent guard from Michigan State who played 4 full seasons for the Spartans, averaging 10.6 points and 3.3 assist in his career. Appling played for the Portland Trailblazers summer league team. In 2 games he averaged 2.5 points in 8.5 minutes per game.
Smith went undrafted in this years NBA draft, coming out of UNLV where he played for one season after completing 2 uneventful years at UConn. The 6’8 forward averaged 11.1 points and 10.9 rebounds for the Rebels last season. Smith played for the Lakers summer league team where he averaged 5.0 points per game and shot 56.3 percent from the field.
Brown is a 6’5 guard out of Missouri who went undrafted in the this year’s NBA draft. Brown played one season for Oregon before transferring to Missouri where he played 2 seasons before declaring for the NBA as a junior. Brown led the Tigers in scoring with 19.9 points per game and shot 41 percent from the 3 point line. Brown played with fellow Lakers teammate Jordan Clarkson at Missouri. Brown played for the Houston Rockets summer league team and in 4 games averaged 2.8 points in 6.8 minutes per game.
Tyler was a 2nd round pick of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2011 and has played for 3 NBA teams in his 3 years in the league. Most recently Tyler played for the Knicks last season where he appeared in 41 games, averaging 3.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. The 6’10 center also played for the Knicks’ summer league team where he averaged 9.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game.
Tyler entered the NBA through unconventional means, having bypassed both his senior year of High School in San Diego and college. Following his junior year of high school, Tyler signed a professional basketball contract with Maccabi Haifa in Israel where he appeared in only 10 games before leaving the team. Still not eligible to enter the NBA Draft due to his age, Tyler decided to play a season in Japan for the Tokyo Apache basketball team where he produced modestly.