WASHINGTON — Vander Blue was hanging out with his friends when the call came in Tuesday night.
It was his agent calling to say that the Celtics were going to sign him to a 10-day contract.
Blue, a 6-foot-4 guard, didn't say anything to his D-League teammates who were at his apartment at the time.
He didn't have to.
"They knew," Blue told CSNNE.com. "They could tell on my face. They were happy for me."
And Blue's happy to be a Celtic, well aware that Boston is in a rebuilding situation which means opportunities to impress will be made.
Fellow 10-day contract signee Chris Johnson got his first taste of playing time for the Celtics at Miami on Tuesday night.
And Johnson was arguably the best Celtic on the floor, finishing with 11 points off the bench in Boston's 93-86 loss to the Heat.
Blue isn't into making any bold predictions about how his first game with the Green team will go.
He just knows that when he plays, he'll play hard which is among the many traits that Blue and his fellow Marquette alums have brought to the NBA in recent years.
"You look around the league a lot of those Marquette guys have done well in the league," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "He kind of fits that mold; a tough guy who manufactures points in different ways."
Said Blue: "We all got a little swagger about ourselves. Coming out of Marquette, we don't get the most pub. But for some reason, we seem to stick around here. I just want to be the next guy to come in and do all that I can do."
Like so many of his Marquette brethren in the NBA, Blue's arrival comes after having not been drafted last year.
But you won't hear him complain about his journey.
"I feel like everybody has their own story," Blue said. "This is my story. Anything that's given to you easily, it's not really worth it. The journey I've taken to get here has made me the man I am today." I wouldn't want it any other way."