With the injuries piling up for the Boston Celtics, they team is set to sign Vander Blue, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
With injury to Avery Bradley, Boston will sign Vander Blue of Delaware in D-League to 10 day contract, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 22, 2014
Jerryd Bayless, whom the Celtics just recently acquired, recently went down with a toe injury and Avery Bradley rolled his ankle earlier tonight, leaving the Celtics without any options at shooting guard. (Keith Bogans is on a leave of absence.)
With both Bayless and Bradley expected to miss a few games, the Celtics dipped into the D-League talent pool and pulled out former Marquette guard, Vander Blue.
Blue, as Wojnarowski notes, was playing with the Philadelphia 87ers, and in his short stint there, he did quite well.
In four games in the D-League, Blue averaged 19 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
After going undrafted this summer, this is a huge opportunity for Blue to show he belongs in the league. Given the expected short-term nature of the Celtics’ injuries, it’s likely he’ll only get two 10-day contracts at most. But those few games can make all the difference in him finding a roster spot in the league long term.
Unless the Celtics decide to go big and play just one guard, it’s likely Blue will get an opportunity to start as well. Rajon Rondo and Phil Pressey are the only two healthy guards on the roster, and they’re both point guards.
It will be interesting to see what Blue is able to do with his opportunity. He’s scored well at every level he’s played at so far, but whether or not he can do it in the NBA remains to be seen.