The Texas A&M product spent last season as a two-way player, as well. He appeared in 37 games for the Lakers, averaging 3.6 points, 2.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game. Caruso also spent significant time with the South Bay Lakers of the G League, for whom he played 29 games and posted averages of 19.0 points, 7.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
Caruso missed Monday's semifinal as he dealt with a bout of gastroenteritis. It remains unclear whether the 24-year-old will have any limitations due to the illness, but he will be available to play in Tuesday's final.
Caruso has had a strong summer league thus far, playing an impact on both sides of the floor for the Lakers. It's unsure how sick Caruso is, so he should be considered questionable for the championship should the Lakers make it.
Caruso totaled eight points (2-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven assists, two rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes during Thursday's 82-69 summer league victory over the Clippers.
Caruso flashed his facilitation skills Thursday, but also managed to turn the ball over six times in the 13 point victory. Caruso saw some decent playing time across periods of last season but is going to struggle to replicate that again given the Lakers offseason pickups.
Caruso made his summer league debut during Tuesday's 89-74 loss to the Heat, tallying eight points (3-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block across 22 minutes.
Caruso was previously playing for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup qualifying games, so he wasn't able to join the Lakers' summer league team until Tuesday. He immediately jumped into a significant role off the bench, but was sloppy with the ball, turning it over a team-high six times. Considering the amount of games Caruso has already played this offseason, it wouldn't be surprising if he was shut down for Thursday's Sacramento Summer League finale, though additional word on that may not come until game day. Caruso played in 37 contests for the Lakers last year as a rookie, averaging 15.2 minutes per game.
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