Conversely, Hart's breakout performance in Las Vegas might boost his trade value for a potential blockbuster deal before the summer is out. The Lakers were never able to sustain a run to overcome the 20-point deficit, allowing the Trail Blazers to coast to yet another double-digit victory, their sixth, in summer league play. "And that is going to be a great springboard for him going into training camp". "We talked about getting on them early and taking the crowd out, staying composed and not letting the fans get into it and get us rattled". His night was cut short however after being ejected late in the fourth quarter after picking up his second technical foul. In the grand scheme of things, that doesn't mean much, but for a Lakers' roster that looks devoid of perimeter shooting, Hart could be the answer. Let's just say that reality did not disappoint. In 2018, Hart took the crown as overall MVP, while the Lakers fell to the Portland Trail Blazers in the championship game. "That's never been a reason why I played this game".
He embodied the type of player Lakers coach Luke Walton is hoping will complement a lineup that is sure to be resuscitated with the most polarizing figure in sports - LeBron James.
Portland became the sixth team-all from the Western Conference-to win the Las Vegas Summer League, joining Golden State (2013), Sacramento (2014), San Antonio (2015), Minnesota (2016) and LA (2017). All these guys are fighting for jobs or minutes.