Lakers agree to a partially guaranteed deal with Vander Blue
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.