Vander Blue Rumors

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The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Vander Blue for the remainder of the season, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Blue joins the Lakers from the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, where he finished second in the NBADL in scoring at 23.3 points per game on 47.3% shooting (41.6% from beyond-the-arc), in addition to 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in 49 appearances (47 starts). The 22-year-old was selected as an NBADL All-Star this season, and held the distinction of being the only player to average at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in 2014-15. Blue becomes the third D-Fender to receive a GATORADE Call-Up this season, joining Jabari Brown (Lakers) and Jamaal Franklin (Nuggets).
The Lakers could look to their own NBA Development League affiliate for talent, or to the general free-agent pool, perhaps with a 10-day contract to offer. The Lakers can also look at other D-League players who aren’t on their specific minor-league squad. Presuming the team might look to add a guard, Jabari Brown, who went through training camp with the Lakers, is averaging 24.3 points a game with the D-Fenders. Vander Blue (21.3 a night) and Jamaal Franklin (20.4) have also been consistent scorers with the Lakers’ affiliate.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guards Vander Blue, Xavier Silas and David Stockton, forwards Rasual Butler and Damion James and center Daniel Orton. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. Blue (6-4, 200) went undrafted in 2013. The Marquette alum signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics on January 22, 2014 and appeared in three games, scoring a total of five points in a combined 15 minutes. While on assignment with the Delaware 87ers of the D-League last season, he appeared in four games and averaged 19.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30.5 minutes.
Said Stevens of throwing Blue into the fire in Washington after the team initially signed him last month: “It’s not really fair to somebody to call them up and have them drive 2 ½ hours day of game and play in an NBA game. That’s just not really fair to a young guy, to put him in the spot like that. But he did a pretty good job. He just got better as his 10 days went on.” Later Stevens added: “I think he’s got a good future and a potential future in the league. I hope that everything works out well for him.”
Never mind. The Celtics won. Jeff Green put the team on his shoulders and scored a season-high 39 points, while the Wizards wilted with a display of selfish basketball. Boston blew a 19-point first-half lead, but Gerald Wallace made a driving layup with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime Wednesday night for the 113-111 victory that snapped a 10-game road losing streak. ‘‘Lot of reasons to give up,’’ Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. ‘‘And they didn’t do that.’’ Green shot early and often, finishing with career-highs in 3-pointers attempted (16) and made (8). Rookie Phil Pressey added a career-high 20 points. The Celtics played without Rajon Rando, Avery Bradley and Jerryd Bayless and at one point had Chris Johnson and Vander Blue, both on 10-day contracts, on the floor together in the second quarter. ‘‘I just put myself in the position where I had to be the man to carry the team and shoot the ball,’’ Green said. ‘‘So that’s what I did.’’
With such a thin backcourt, the Celtics brought in a reinforcement by signing guard Vander Blue to a 10-day contract. Blue drove from Delaware, where he was playing with the NBA Development League’s Delaware 87ers, and joined the team here Wednesday morning. “I was really excited about the opportunity to come here and be able to play for such a great organization and to make my dream come true,” Blue said. “I just thank God for everything he’s done for me. I’m ready to get to work now. “ Blue, a 6-foot-5-inch former Marquette standout who went undrafted in 2013, played in four games with the 87ers this season, averaging 19.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 30.5 minutes per game. “Vander is a tough kid,” Stevens said. “He’s a guy that’s a competitor.” “It’s a great opportunity for me,” said Blue. “A lot of guys can’t say they get called up from the D-League and, better yet, say they had a chance to play. They have a lot of guys down right now and they need me to come in and produce.”
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed guard Vander Blue to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Blue, a 6’5” guard, has appeared in four games for the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League this season where he has averaged 19.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30.5 minutes per game. Blue is the 15th Gatorade Call-Up from the NBA Development League during the 2013-14 season. In his last game with the 87ers on January 20 he recorded 35 points in 39 minutes on 11-of-23 shooting from the floor and 11-of-16 shooting from the free throw line. Prior to joining the 87ers this season Blue played in seven games for Maccabi Rishon Le Zion in Israel averaging 11.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals in 24.9 minutes per game.