The Los Angeles Lakers have signed former Michigan State Spartans star Keith Appling. Appling’s contract in non-guaranteed, meaning he will be on the Lakers heading into camp and will compete for one of the last remaining roster spots.
Lakers have signed former Michigan State guard Keith Appling to a non-guaranteed contract.
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Appling played two games with the Portland Trail Blazers summer league team. He played averaged 8 minutes per contest while scoring 2.5 points per game. With the Spartans last year, Appling put up 11.2 points, 4.5 assists with 3 rebounds per contest.
The 6’1 guard played 4 games in the NCAA Tournament last year for the Spartans. He failed to record more than double digit points in a single contest. As a result of his play for Michigan State, he went undrafted.
The Lakers have been focused on low-risk, high-return contracts, especially when it comes to bringing players to compete in camp. There is no doubt that Appling can play, but it is extremely unlikely that he’ll be on the Lakers come opening night.
One can assume the Lakers are more interest in stashing Appling and making him part of their D-League team, the D-Fenders.
The Lakers first preseason game is October 6th.