The Los Angeles Lakers are still looking to fill out their roster and have agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with Vander Blue to give him a chance to make the team.
The Lakers have officially signed 14 players to their roster for the upcoming season. That means they have one roster spot left and will have an open competition in training camp to find their 15th and final man.
Vander Blue agreed with L.A. on a partially guaranteed deal that will give him the chance to earn the final roster spot at camp. Many Laker fans are rejoicing at Blue’s upcoming opportunity after he won them over this summer.
Shams Charania of Yahoo’s The Vertical was the first to break the news.
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 was an instrumental piece to L.A.’s Summer League title proving to be one of their most consistent players and an effective scorer. His ability to beat the defender off the dribble and finish at the rim time and time again made him instant offense anytime the Lakers needed a bucket.
Blue played with extreme confidence and knew exactly when to look for his own shot or defer to his teammates. After his performance in Vegas, he deserved an invite to L.A.’s camp. Especially considering Blue is the reigning G-League MVP, which proves what he did in Summer League is no fluke.
Blue averaged 24.8 points, 3.0 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals with the Los Angeles Defenders (now the South Bay Lakers). In Summer League he averaged 15.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and shot 50 percent from the field.
Reigning NBA G-League MVP, Vander Blue with 20 PTS, 5REB & 6 AST for the Lakers last night! 🔵🏀 pic.twitter.com/nHYeyr2ROS
— NBA UK (@NBAUK) July 18, 2017
The best thing about Blue’s Summer League play though was that he was a sure thing. He was essentially a guaranteed bucket who wouldn’t be denied two points or a trip to the line. Now he has a chance to prove himself again to see if he can find a spot on the Lakers’ final roster.