The Lakers waived guard Vander Blue on Friday. Blue, 25…

The Lakers waived guard Vander Blue on Friday. Blue, 25, appeared in five games with the Lakers while on a two-way contract that allowed him to split his time between the Lakers and their Gatorade League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. Blue was the development league’s MVP in 2016-17. The Lakers currently have 15 players under contract, with room to sign one player to their standard roster and, without Blue, room for one two-way addition. Teams have until Jan. 15 to sign players to two-way contracts, and the Lakers are expected to fill Blue’s slot by then.
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March 22, 2019 | 4:37 am EDT Update
Now that Russell is getting some good pub — the narratives flipping from lottery bust to Magic Johnson gave up on him too quickly — he won’t let it distract him. “I’ve been on the worst side of the tilt,” Russell said after Thursday’s practice at Santa Monica High School. “So to now to be on this side where we’re having a little success, I’ve seen both narratives. I’ve seen every narrative you could throw. When it comes to preparing myself for them, I’ve looked in the mirror and I’ve put myself in the situation before [the media] could.”
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