LAS VEGAS — Olivier Hanlan isn't the first NBA player to wish things would have gone differently in Sin City and he certainly won't be the last.
Hanlan ended his two-week summer league experience with a solid game in Utah's 84-78 win over the Lakers, scoring nine points with six rebounds and three assists.
But the point guard, whom the Jazz selected 42nd overall in the June 25 draft, knows he didn't play as well as he's capable of throughout the past eight games in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.
That's especially the case with his shooting (31 percent overall after his 4-for-9 outing Friday).
"I feel like it was a learning experience, kind of up and down sometimes, but I learned a lot going through the process," the positive Hanlan said. "At times, I struggled. At times, I had pretty good showings. ... I’ll use this to my advantage."
Hanlan is returning to Boston where he spent his college years (Boston College) for a few days before coming back to work out in Utah later next week.
The 6-foot-4 guard will also get together with his agent to map out a plan after his representative meets with Jazz brass.
The most likely scenario for Hanlan will be that the Jazz tender him a one-year nonguaranteed contract offer, which the organization must do to maintain his NBA rights.
Hanlan will then have two choices.
For one, he can sign the Jazz's tender and try to make the crowded Utah roster, which already includes four point guards under contract, and risk being cut.
Or — and this seems more likely — he can leave the tender unsigned (like Raul Neto did) and go play in Europe or the D-League. As a "stash" player, his NBA rights would stay with the Jazz. In this situation, it probably makes more sense to play overseas because he can earn a lot more money there than with the Idaho Stampede.
"I'm not sure at this point, really," Hanlan said. "My agent knows all of this. He's been going back and forth with the Jazz. I'll sit down with him. I'll know a bit (more) in the next few days."
Hanlan was happy to go out on a good note.
"I thought today was Olivier's best game for sure offensively," Jazz assistant Mike Wells said. "He had a concept of going and catching and breaking the defense down. He made the right pass to the open guy today."
Wells also liked how Hanlan responded to playing against this year's No. 2 NBA draft pick D'Angelo Russell and second-year Laker guard Jordan Clarkson.
"It wasn’t perfect, but he was competing," Wells said. "He was trying to get back in front of them and trying to bother them a little bit, and that’s all you can ask."
For the past two weeks, Hanlan said he tried to make an impact by helping get guys open and by rebounding even when his shots weren't falling.
"I showed them (the Jazz) my overall game," Hanlan said. "I could have scored a bit more off of being a little aggressive."