Alex Caruso’s began his day by signing a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and ended it by helping his new club to victory in the second round of the Las Vegas Summer League tournament.
Caruso inked his deal — which will include playing for South Bay — in the hotel lobby earlier that day, having impressed the Lakers with his strong play at Summer League to that point.
But getting this opportunity wasn’t his chief goal.
“I’m not out there thinking about, ‘Hopefully this shot goes in and I make so-and-so money or I get some contract,” Caruso said. “I’m just trying to win.”
Caruso did just that, tallying seven points, four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals to help the Lakers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 94-93.
Meanwhile, Vander Blue provided that the Lakers have come to expect from him, putting up 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting while adding four rebounds and four assists.
Blue once again saved his best for the fourth quarter, scoring eight of his points.
Blue’s South Bay teammate, Travis Wear, provided nine points and four rebounds, while the Lakers were led by Lonzo Ball’s second triple-double of Summer League.
They will now move on to play Brooklyn in the Summer League quarterfinals on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.