Blue’s seven-year professional career has spanned eight G League teams, four countries, more than 400 teammates and just 10 NBA games. If he has learned anything, it’s that a couple of missed shots can be the difference between a million-dollar contract and the $35,000 deal he signed with Santa Cruz. “On a day like today, we don’t have a shootaround, but I’m just trying to get a rhythm,” Blue said. “I know it’s going to reward me. In this business, you can be at the bottom of the world one day and at the top the next.”
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He believes he’s as daunting a matchup as he was that night 4½ years ago when he posted 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds while playing the full 48 minutes of the Lakers’ regular-season finale against the Kings. His struggle for an NBA home is as much a reflection of modern team-building priorities as it is his own unexpected setbacks, from depression to a freak accident involving a fog machine. “It’s all about opportunity,” Santa Cruz general manager Ryan Atkinson said. “Vander is someone who, like a lot of guys, is talented enough to be in the NBA. But unfortunately for him, situations happened that haven’t allowed him to stick.”
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.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Vander Blue to a two-way contract, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Blue played five games for the Lakers in the preseason and was a fixture on the team’s championship entry in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Lakers and guard Vander Blue have agreed on a two-way NBA contract. Blue was released out of camp but staying in L.A.
The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on Vander Blue, Travis Wear and Briante Weber, it was announced today.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Vander Blue, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Blue most recently competed for the South Bay Lakers of the NBA G League, where he averaged 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals last season before being named 2017 NBA G League Most Valuable Player. He has averaged 23.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists through four seasons in the G League and stands as South Bay’s all-time leader in points, field goals made and free throws made.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Lakers and G League MVP and summer league guard Vander Blue have agreed on a partially guaranteed deal.
Chris Reichert: Hearing Blue’s guarantee is $50K, leaving possibility he’s back with South Bay Lakers in some capacity open twitter.com/shamscharania/…
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January 19, 2022 | 4:56 pm EST Update
The Sacramento Kings organization has a current mindset: They are not trading guard De’Aaron Fox, sources tell The Athletic.
The Kings remain active in trade conversations, informing teams in the marketplace that they want to build around Fox and second-year guard Tyrese Haliburton, sources said. The Kings have informed Fox and his representation, agent Chris Gaston of Family First Sports, that they do not want to trade him and want to center the team around him and Haliburton. Team sources said any potential deal around Fox for Pacers center Domantas Sabonis will not happen.
Joe Mussatto: Derrick Favors (lower back soreness) is out tonight against the Spurs. Kenrich Williams is still in health and safety protocols. Vit Krejci (right ankle sprain) remains out. Maledon, Roby, Pokusevski and Watson are on G League assignment.