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Lakers waive guard Vander Blue; roster stands at 15

Vander Blue, Lakers

Almost a week after parting ways with veteran center Andrew Bogut, the Los Angeles Lakers have made another move. The team announced on Friday they have waived guard Vander Blue who signed a two-way contract with the team back in October.

Blue was one of two players that signed a two-way contract with the team this season. Guard Alex Caruso also agreed to the same deal with both players spending the majority of their time with the team’s G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.

Before ultimately being waived by the team on Friday, Blue had played in only five games for the Lakers this season. The 25-year-old averaged 0.6 points and 0.6 assists in 9.0 minutes per contest while sporting the purple and gold for the Lakers during the 2017-18 campaign.

As for his time with the G League team, Blue played in 15 games, 13 of which he started, averaging 19.0 points and 5.3 assists per game. Blue was the then-D-League MVP last season 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.6 steals per game during his breakout year with the team.

Although Blue has shown his ability to be a talented scorer in the G League, he hasn’t been able to find any stability or long-term security on the NBA level.

With Blue now waived, the roster for the Lakers stands at 15. The team recently was on the verge of signing sharpshooting forward Jamil Wilson to a 10-day contract, but talks fell through after news surfaced of an off-the-court incident he was reportedly involved in.

The real question moving forward is what the team plans to do with their two open spots. The NBA trade deadline (Feb. 8) is less than a month away and the Lakers are rumored to be active, but only time will tell if any deals get done or roster spots get filled.