After an impressive run in the Summer League with the Los Angeles, Vander Blue and the Lakers have reportedly come to an agreement on a partially guaranteed deal.
Sources: The Lakers and G League MVP and summer league guard Vander Blue have agreed on a partially guaranteed deal.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 29, 2017
Blue spent last season with the G-League where he was named the league’s MVP after averaging 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and shooting 35 percent from three-point territory.
In the Summer League, Blue played in all eight games, starting six of them. Blue averaged 15 points per game, with 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists, hitting on 40 percent from three and 50 percent from the field.
The deal is likely a training camp invite for Blue, who stated he simply wanted a foot in the door and had hoped it was with the Lakers following his Summer League performance.
After re-signing Tyler Ennis earlier this week, the Lakers’ back court likely doesn’t have many openings. Blue would have to impress greatly to earn a contract as the Lakers have just one roster spot open.
It’s more likely that Blue and the Lakers come to terms on a two-way contract, which would allow Blue to play in the G-League while also having 45 days to spend in the NBA should the Lakers need him.
Either way, it’s a great opportunity for a player who has earned a chance to fight for a roster spot.