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Keith Appling:  Darkhorse

The Portland Trail Blazers just signed MSU point guard Keith Appling for their Summer League roster.

Not an Earth-shattering move, by any stretch of the imagination; but, given the departure of Earl Watson, the Blazers could be in the market for another point guard. One of Appling's calling cards is intensity on the defensive end, which the team could use.

As things stand, however, I'd say the odds Appling makes the 2014-2015 roster are miniscule. The Blazers have only one open roster spot, if they do the expected and re-sign Mo Williams with the Non-Bird Exception. Getting a veteran back-up for Robin Lopez with the MLE has got the be the next priority; although the Blazers could look for an upgrade at back-up SF with the MLE, and use the BAE to sign Jermaine O'Neal. The Blazers don't appear to have space on the roster to use the BAE, though.

The only way I see Appling making the roster, then, is if the Blazers trade at least two more players. Three players would give him a better chance, though, because Olshey prefers to keep an open roster spot going into the season.

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