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The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Vander Blue to a two-way contract, according to a report from The Vertical.
Blue, 25, was waived by the Lakers over the weekend in what was apparently a formality. They apparently knew all along they would bring him back.
Blue has seen extremely limited action in the NBA just five games for the Lakers back in 2014-15), but has stood out in the G League and will get another opportunity to shine there. He was named G League MVP last season.
He has averaged 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists last season with the Lakers’ affiliate — and over the past three seasons, has averaged 23.3 points.
Two-way contracts give players such as Blue an opportunity to play in the NBA for 45 games. While they don’t have to play that many, Blue can feel confident that the Lakers remain serious about him, and serious about paying to keep him as a member of the club.
He entered the league with a reputation as someone who only looked for his own shot — but said he has expanded his game in an effort to find a backcourt spot alongside the likes of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson, and of course, heralded rookie Lonzo Ball.
“I just want people to really realize it’s not all about me,” Blue told NBA.com.
“It might seem like that from what I’ve been doing in my past, but now at a different level with better players and more at stake, I know how to make it happen.”