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Lakers sign Jeremy Tyler, Keith Appling, Jabari Brown and Roscoe Smith

Jeremy Tyler, Earl Clak

Jeremy Tyler, Earl Clak


Kobe Bryant said he was satisfied with the Lakers’ effort in assembling a roster this offseason.

He didn’t even let them finish.

The Lakers have 13 players with guaranteed contracts plus Wayne Ellington, whose deal is non-guaranteed. With a regular-season roster limit of 15 players, a spot or two (or none) is open.

They’ll be competition to fill it/them.

Lakers release:

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.

Tyler, who famously turned pro before his senior year of high school, is the only one of the four with NBA experience. The Lakers already took one Kings reject. Why not another?

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.