Report: Lakers signing D-League MVP Vander Blue to partially guaranteed contract

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Winning D-League MVP hasn’t exactly foretold NBA success. The full list:

  • Vander Blue
  • Jarnell Stokes
  • Tim Frazier
  • Ron Howard
  • Othyus Jeffers
  • Andrew Goudelock
  • Justin Dentmon
  • Curtis Stinson
  • Mike Harris
  • Courtney Sims
  • Kasib Powell
  • Randy Livingston
  • Marcus Fizer
  • Matt Carroll
  • Tierre Brown
  • Devin Brown
  • Ansu Sesay

Devin Brown and Matt Carroll are probably the high points.

The Lakers hope Vander Blue will follow in their footsteps.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Chris Reichert of 2 Ways & 10 Days:

https://twitter.com/Chris_Reichert/status/891350419347087362

Blue will be the Lakers’ 15th player on a standard contract, the regular-season maximum. They could always sign additional players to battle for that final regular-season roster spot – especially with Blue having such a small guarantee. That looks like an enticement to stay with the Lakers’ minor-league affiliate rather than take a higher-paying job overseas.

The Lakers’ shooting-guard depth won’t help Blue’s chances of sticking. They already have Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson and Josh Hart. The Lakers might prefer to use that final spot on a third point guard to join Lonzo Ball and Tyler Ennis, though Clarkson can swing to the position.

The 25-year-old Blue is a fringe NBA player who has spent time with the Lakers and Celtics. He’s a good ball-handler who draws plenty of fouls, and he’s a fine jump-shooter. His non-scoring skills still need work.

It would be unsurprising to see him stick into the regular season or re-join the D-Fenders.