Lakers agree to a partially guaranteed deal with Vander Blue

By in Press Enterprise on July 30, 2017

By Mark Medina

For the fourth consecutive season, Vander Blue will experience something that could be both encouraging and frustrating.

He will have a chance to crack the Lakers’ regular-season roster, as the Lakers agreed to a partially guaranteed deal that will bring Blue on board for training camp. Just like in his past three years with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate, Blue has no assurances such a dream will happen.

Blue has impressed the Lakers in recent years. He helped the Lakers win their Summer League championship. He was also the D-League MVP last season when he led the former D-Fenders with 24.8 points, 3.0 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. But he only has played in a handful of NBA games in 2013-14 with Boston (three) and in 2014-15 with the Lakers (two) after the former Marquette standout went undrafted.

The Lakers have 14 guaranteed contracts on their regular-season roster, one shy of the league-maximum. The Lakers plan to hold that final roster spot open for flexibility in either a trade or granting that spot to a training-camp invitee. Vander could be that player.

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