All 15 spots on the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2018-19 rosters appear to be set with 15 guaranteed contracts locked in. However, since the league introduced two-way contracts last season, fringe players now have the opportunity to join a franchise, splitting their time between the NBA and the G League.
Grant Hughes from Bleacher Report has suggested that young forward Cameron Oliver is the best player that won't make Portland’s already-full roster. Oliver was chosen ahead of other training camp invitees Gary Payton II and Chinanu Onuaku based solely on his athletic prowess and shooting ability.
Motivation and a reputation for sporadic low energy had a lot to do with Oliver going undrafted in 2017 after two excellent years at Nevada. After a season in the G League, hopefully he’s got his motor revving at the appropriate RPM level.
Oliver won’t start the season in the NBA, but he’s got the talent to get there.
Oliver was waived days before opening night last season by the Houston Rockets, leading the 6’8” forward to spend the rest of the season in the G League.
Former Blazer big man Thomas Robinson was nominated as the Atlanta Hawks’ best player to not make their roster, which is also full at 15.
You can read more from Hughes here.
You can read a breakdown of Oliver from Peter Sampson here at Blazer’s Edge.