After a four-year carer at Michigan State, Appling went undrafted in 2014 and went to training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers. He didn't make the squad and spent the ensuing season with the Erie BayHawks, the Magic's NBA D-League affiliate. In 38 appearances, Appling shot 40.2 percent from the floor en route to averaging 10.9 points, three rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game.
Appling was more productive playing for Orlando's surprisingly successful White team--a group featuring journeyman prospects without NBA deals--in the Orlando Pro Summer League, scoring 15.6 points in 26.2 minutes per game and shooting 50 percent from the floor.
Appling, 23, will join a Magic backcourt which features second-year man Elfrid Payton, former Rookie of the Year runner-up Victor Oladipo, veteran backup point C.J. Watson, and fourth-year pro Evan Fournier.
Orlando has yet to sign 2015 second-rounder Tyler Harvey, and the contract of 2014 second-rounder Devyn Marble is not guaranteed. Appling figures to do battle with both of those young wings for minutes under new coach Scott Skiles.