Mar 27, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Keith Appling (11) during practice for the east regional of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers sign Keith Appling to non-guaranteed deal

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The Los Angeles Lakers need to figure out what their future is going to look like, and right now that has the team looking at younger and younger options than it ever has before.

Julius Randle fell to the Lakers in the NBA Draft back in June and they managed to steal away Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets for basically nothing and are now looking like they might be a rather decent team in 2014-15. We can add former Michigan State guard Keith Appling to the mix as the Lakers have called him in on a non-guaranteed deal.

Appling played under Tom Izzo at Michigan State, a guy the Lakers may have contacted over the summer to become head coach, but went undrafted this year despite putting up decent numbers with the Spartans.

It’s unclear just how good he’ll be at the NBA level, but he’ll be playing on the same depth chart as another undrafted point guard who has developed into one of the more well known names in the league — Jeremy Lin. There’s no saying Appling is going to be Lin, but this may be the shot he needs to prove to someone that he has what it takes to deserve an NBA roster spot.

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