Getting LeBron James obviously makes the Los Angeles Lakers a better team, but what about the supporting cast? LeBron alone isn’t enough to challenge the Warriors, as we’ve seen the last two seasons.
Many pundits are unsure about the Lakers’ other free agent signings, particularly JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Rajon Rondo. However, at least one player on the LA roster last season has caught James’ eye so far.
According to Los Angeles general manager Rob Pelinka, second-year guard Josh Hart has caught LeBron’s eye with his play in this year’s NBA Summer League.
Hart was a late first-round pick of the Utah Jazz in 2017. The Lakers acquired him via trade on draft night.
“He is watching summer league games and brought up Josh Hart’s name.”
-Rob Pelinka on LeBron James per Spectrum.
— Alex Regla (@AlexmRegla) July 10, 2018
As a rookie, Hart played in 63 games, making 23 starts. He scored 7.9 points and grabbed 4.2 rebounds per game.
Hart also shot 40 percent from three-point range. He recorded eight double-doubles.
James taking a liking to Hart is obviously good for the young guard’s future. Considering LA is keeping an eye on Kawhi Leonard, Hart might be one of the players they leave out in a potential trade.
During his four years at Villanova, Hart made a leap every season. If he does that in year two in Los Angeles, look out.