After going undrafted in June, Harris played well on the Lakers' 3-2 summer-league entry.
"Starting with the training camp in L.A. and being here [in Las Vegas], I think it was just tremendous," said Harris after the defeat at the Thomas & Mack Center. "I think I did well. I learned from game to game, from practice to practice."
Once projected as first-round pick, the German forward may have chosen to stay in school a bit too long, playing four years for the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Through five appearances on the Lakers' summer league entry in Las Vegas, Harris averaged 10.2 points on 44.7% shooting from the field with 5.6 rebounds a game.
"I tried to show what I'm capable of," said Harris. "I'm a guy who is willing to work. I'm not just a guy who is going to sit around and think everything's going to fall into my lap. That's just not me. I hope I get the opportunity and I can reward the guys with playing hard."
The Lakers have 11 guaranteed players and are expected to bring in draft pick (48th) Ryan Kelly to make it 12. The team will bring between 13 and 15 players to the regular season.
The 6-8, 240-pound Harris is bigger and stronger than the team's two recent additions at small forward in Nick Young and Wesley Johnson. He's faster and quicker than the team's three power forwards in Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill and Kelly.
Perhaps there's a place on the team's roster for a player like Harris.
"I really hope so. I really hope I get an opportunity with the Lakers or whoever wants to give me a shot — primarily with the Lakers," said Harris. "Once I get 100% comfortable and know my role 100%, I think I can help a team out. I really believe that."
Harris joined former Bulldog Robert Sacre on the Lakers' summer team. The duo played three years together at Gonzaga.
"He was actually my host at my official visit at Gonzaga," said Harris. "To have him having gone through the same thing last year as I am right now, I think that really helps."
"He's kind of like a parent almost, he shows you around," he continued. "At this point, I'm like a little kid. He's showing me what professional basketball is all about, what to do, what to expect and how to sustain it. I think he helped me out over this 2½ weeks."
Harris also has ties to a former Laker from Gonzaga — Ronny Turiaf.
"I know Ronnie as well," said Harris. "He always has advice for me too. There are so many reasons why people end up in the NBA. At the end of the day you have to be a positive guy at all times. I think that's one thing I picked up from Ronny and from Rob, just be positive. Maybe you're not the most talented guys, but if you stay positive and you're hard working and you don't cause trouble off the court — I think people see that and are willing to work with you. That's what I'm going for."
Harris was a steady player for the Lakers in Las Vegas. He may have earned a camp invite but even he's not sure what's next.
"It's still up in the air. I don't know where I'm going right now but definitely out of Vegas — it's too hot here," said Harris. "I hope [I'm going to] the Lakers. If it doesn't work out for me, then I'll have to change my plan and try to take a different kind of tour to reach my dream ... just go over to Europe and come back next year."
Harris believes he can help the Lakers, given the chance. He just needs the opportunity.