He didn’t even let them finish.
They’ll be competition to fill it/them.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Keith Appling, Jabari Brown, Roscoe Smith, and Jeremy Tyler to their training camp roster, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
The rest are undrafted free agents.
Appling impressed at Michigan State before playing through a wrist injury. Without the injury-related slippage, maybe he would have gotten drafted late.
Last season, Brown actually outscored Missouri teammate Jordan Clarkson, who the Lakers acquired in the second round. Brown turned pro with a year of eligibility remaining, and his sweet outside shooting and improved offensive skill set are intriguing.
Smith, who played at Connecticut and UNLV, is a tweener forward – too undersized for power forward, too unskilled for small forward. His energy helps, but it probably doesn’t get him much further than this.
The Lakers would do well to keep whichever one or two of these players impresses most. Between them, there’s real potential to unearth a future rotation player. And if all four are on non-guaranteed contracts, as it seems, the Lakers could always waive them later if necessary to clear room.