Lakers add four players to training camp roster

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With less than a week to go before the Los Angeles Lakers hold their annual Media Day at their practice facility in El Segundo, Mitch Kupchak announced that the team had signed Keith Appling, Jabari Brown, Roscoe Smith and Jeremy Tyler to their training camp roster.

Appling and Smith were rumored to be added to the team’s roster at the beginning of August, while the purple and gold’s interest in Tyler was made known earlier this month after the team brought the big man in for a workout. Wayne Ellington was present at the same workout and was signed by the Lakers to a partially-guaranteed deal on Monday.

Tyler is a former member of the Knicks. The 23-year-old San Diego native averaged 4.7 points and 3.4 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game during 17 apperances for Phil Jackson’s New York team last season.

Meanwhile, Brown went undrafted in June after leaving Missouri where the 6’4″ guard averaged 19.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while playing alongisde Lakers second round pick Jordan Clarkson.

Smith, an undrafted rookie, played for the Lakers’ Summer League team in Las Vegas where he averaged 5.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game. During his final season at UNLV, the 6’8″ Smith averaged 11.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per game while shooting 53 percent from the field.

Appling, 22, went undrafted in June after spending four years with the Spartans. The 6’1″ guard averaged 11.2 points, 4.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 36 percent from three-point range last season.

Written by Ross Pickering

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