Lakers Sign Vander Blue

AUGUST 4: The Lakers have officially signed Blue, the team announced today in a press release.

JULY 29: The Lakers have reached an agreement with combo guard Vander Blue on a partially guaranteed contract, sources told Shams Charania of The Vertical (Twitter link). The guarantee is $50K, Chris Reichert of The Step Back tweets.

Blue, 25, played eight games for Los Angeles’ summer-league team in Las Vegas and made a strong impression, averaging 15.0 PPG, 3.8 RPG and 3.0 APG in 27.4 MPG. The 6’4” Blue also made half of his field-goal attempts.

Blue did not play in the NBA the past two seasons but lit up the G League last season, earning MVP honors. He played 47 games for the Lakers’ affiliate, the D-Fenders, and averaged 24.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.0 APG and 1.6 SPG in 34.8 MPG.

Blue, a Marquette product, has a limited NBA resume. He appeared in three games with the Celtics during the 2013/14 season and two games with the Lakers the following season. Mainly a shooting guard, Blue joins a backcourt that includes rookies Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, Jordan Clarkson, Tyler Ennis and free agent signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

While not all the contract details have been revealed, it’s safe to assume there are no guarantees beyond this season. The Lakers want to have as much salary-cap space as possible next summer in order to make runs at top free agents.

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6 thoughts on “Lakers Sign Vander Blue

  1. Luckylefty2

    Why does he keep on doing this he should have went overseas already and collected a few checks then comeback.

    • Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson isn’t enough for Kyrie and the Lakers probably don’t want to move Ball or Ingram for him, so there are no other valued assets that the Lakers could move that would entice Cleveland. Plus, Kyrie supposedly wants to be “the guy” for his new team and with the Lonzo/Lavar Ball presence on the team and the Lakers interest in bringing in at least one max player next offseason (and LeBron’s rumored interest in playing there), the Lakers wouldn’t be any more of a better fit for Kyrie’s personal wishes than the Cavs currently are.

      • aarongill

        Kyrie isn’t a good fit with Lonzo. Both need the ball to be in their hands, Ball to set up teammates while Kyrie can score anyway he wants with it. I would absolutely love to see kyrie playing for the lakers but it’s just not a good fit.

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