EL SEGUNDO (15 November 2018) – The South Bay Lakers have acquired the returning player rights to Joel Bolomboy from the Wisconsin Herd in exchange for the returning player rights to Vander Blue, it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella.
In 30 games (29 starts) with Wisconsin last season, Bolomboy posted averages of 16.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 33.2 minutes. The Weber State product shot 55.6 percent from the field last season.
Bolomboy was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 52nd overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft and has appeared in 18 career NBA games with the Jazz and Milwaukee Bucks. The 6-foot-9 forward currently plays for CSKA Moscow in Russia.
In four seasons with South Bay, Blue appeared in 159 games (154 starts) and averaged 24.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals. Blue is South Bay’s all-time leader in points, minutes, field goals made, free throws made and rebounds and was named NBA G League MVP in 2016-17.
The NBA G League’s South Bay Lakers, the first franchise in G League history to be owned by an NBA team (Los Angeles Lakers), will return for its 12th season of competition in 2018-19. The Lakers franchise has established itself as a top producer of NBA-ready talent, totaling 30 NBA Call-Ups and developing 25 Lakers assignment players since the inaugural 2006-07 season. Last season, the Lakers returned to the playoffs for the third year in a row and saw a pair of players receive NBA Call-Ups to the Los Angeles Laker, including Andre Ingram. The Lakers have claimed three division titles and have twice competed in the NBA G League Finals, most recently in 2015-16.