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Lakers sign four to training camp roster

September, 23, 2014
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By Staff
ESPNLosAngeles.com
General manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed guards Keith Appling and Jabari Brown and forwards Roscoe Smith and Jeremy Tyler to their training camp roster.

Appling went undrafted but averaged 10.6 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in four seasons at Michigan State.

Brown, a teammate of Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson last season at Missouri, averaged 19.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 2013-14.

Smithm who spent three years at UConn and one at UNLV, played in all five of the Lakers' Summer League games last season.

Tyler is a three-year NBA veteran who has played in 104 games (23 starts) with the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks, averaging 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 9.9 minutes per game.

The training camp roster currently stands at 18.
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Byron Scott fills out Lakers' staff

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Paul Pressey, Jim Eyen and Mark Madsen will be Byron Scott's assistant coaches with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Scott announced his coaching staff for the upcoming season Tuesday.

Pressey was on Scott's staffs in Cleveland and New Orleans. He played 11 NBA seasons with three clubs.

Eyen returns to the Lakers after three seasons as an assistant coach under Pat Riley and Mike Dunleavy from 1989 to '92. He was on the Sacramento Kings' staff for four seasons until 2013.

Madsen is a former Lakers forward, winning championship rings as a backup in 2001 and 2002. He was a player development coach for the Lakers last season.

Scott also hired his eldest son, Thomas, as a player development coach.

Clay Moser was hired as the Lakers' new head advance NBA scout.


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Sizing up Knicks, Lakers, Sixers

September, 8, 2014
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More NBA Front Office content

In our ongoing NBA Front Office series, Tom Penn (general manager), Chad Ford (assistant GM), George Karl (coach), Amin Elhassan (scouting director) and Kevin Pelton (analytics director) weigh in on hot-button topics from around the league. Today, the group debates three high-profile teams from the bottom half of Insider's Future Power Rankings, discussing the rebuilding efforts and outlooks of the New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers. 

Want in on the conversation or have a question for one of the guys? Use #NBAFrontOffice.


1. How can the New York Knicks alter their bleak outlook (25th) in the Future Power Ranks? What steps can they take now to avoid it?


Tom Penn (@1TomPenn): This year should be about establishing a culture and maintaining flexibility for a "big move." New head coach Derek Fisher needs to lay the foundation for his style, system and leadership. Then the front office needs to be patiently aggressive, wait for the right time to make the bold move. They have cap room next summer to get an impact free agent. Can they find a better deal in the interim? Either way, they should surprise their fans with a better-than-expected season, given the low expectations, and continue to build a good foundation.

Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider): The Knicks spent years trying to chase a title without the right players and ended up overspending and mortgaging their future by trading away draft picks. They have Carmelo Anthony, which gives them one true star. But the next-best player on their team? Ugh. The good news? They actually own their first-round pick this year. They need to use it wisely. The team doesn't really have any young potential stars to build around. (No, Tim Hardaway Jr., Iman Shumpert and Shane Larkin don't really qualify.)

If I were Phil Jackson, I'd seriously consider tanking this year. Getting a top-five pick would do wonders down the road. Even if they end up in the late lottery, with good scouting they should be able to get a player to help them. With their first-round draft pick gone in 2016, they need to make this one count. They are also getting the huge contracts of Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani off the books next summer, which will give them some real cap flexibility for once. New York still is a destination and if the Knicks can lure a legitimate free agent or two there next year (LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo and Marc Gasol are probably the headliners), they'll be fine. But what they can't keep doing is paying big money for mediocrity and trading away draft picks for bloated contracts.

George Karl (@CoachKarl22): New York improved its roster and the leadership is much better than last year. But I still don't see the Knicks being much of a threat. Yeah, they could make the playoffs as a low seed. But for what? Their mission has to be finding better, more talented players. That is going to take a while. The players who want to come to New York probably aren't available until next offseason, so the Knicks are still going to have to wait a year. And they have to drop those big overpaid contracts.

Future Power Rankings

September, 3, 2014
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Previously:
Sept. '13 | May '13 | Aug '12 | Feb '12 | Mar '11 | Dec '10 | Aug '10 | Mar '10 | Dec '09

The Future Power Rankings are ESPN Insider's projection of the on-court success expected for each team in the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

Consider this a convenient way to see the direction in which your favorite team is headed.

Each of the NBA's 30 teams received an overall Future Power Rating of 0 to 100, based on how well we expect each team to perform in the next three seasons.

To determine the Future Power Rating, we rated each team in five categories. (See table at right.)

As you can see, we determined that the most important category is a team's current roster and the future potential of those players -- that category accounts for 50 percent of each team's overall Future Power Rating.

At the same time, we looked at many other factors, such as management, ownership, coaching, a team's spending habits, its cap situation, the reputation of the city and the franchise and what kind of draft picks we expect the team to have in the future.

To rank the 30 teams, we asked ESPN Insider analysts Chad Ford, Amin Elhassan, Tom Haberstroh and Kevin Pelton to rate each team in each category. 

Here are our latest rankings:




The bar graphs reflect the average points given by the voters for each category.

This is the first time in Future Power Rankings' five-year history that the Spurs have ranked No. 1. Winning a championship will do that, and despite the age of San Antonio's three long-tenured stars, the Spurs' short-term future still appears bright. San Antonio brings basically everyone back from last year's roster with exception of reserve center Aron Baynes.

Given the way coach Gregg Popovich has managed his players' minutes, there's reason to believe the Spurs can wring at least one more championship-caliber season out of aging veterans Tim Duncan (38) and Manu Ginobili (37).

Looking ahead, the question of replacing Duncan -- when he decides to head off to retirement -- looms large. San Antonio is counting on Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, 23, developing into the kind of player who can anchor a contending team.

Leonard is likely to sign a long-term extension this fall, the Spurs having already locked up point guard Tony Parker through 2017-18 this summer. San Antonio also will have to re-sign starting guard Danny Green, which will cut into the team's cap flexibility the next two summers.

Still, if there's any management we trust to manage the future, it's the Spurs, who earned a perfect score. Popovich is clearly the league's best coach -- he might be as difficult to replace as Duncan when he decides to retire -- and GM R.C. Buford earned overdue honors as the league's Executive of the Year in 2013-14.

-- Kevin Pelton

(Previous rank: 4)


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