REPORT: LeBron James, Lakers signing former Rockets wing
The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly decided to bring on one more player ahead of the new season. This development comes with L.A. having just one spot available on its 15-man roster. According to NBA insider Jovan Buha of The Athletic, former Houston Rockets swingman Cameron Oliver is set to sign a short-term deal to join LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the rest of the Lake Show’s star-studded squad in Hollywood:
Cam Oliver is signing an Exhibit 10 deal with the Lakers, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA.
The 25-year-old wing played four games with the Houston Rockets last season. He went undrafted in 2017.
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) September 16, 2021
Oliver is obviously not a player anyone can consider to be a household name. As a matter of fact, this is probably the first time most of us have heard his name.
Last season, the 6-foot-8 small forward played just a handful of games for the Rockets after signing a 10-day contract back in May. Oliver has been without a team since that deal expired, so it’s definitely a welcome development for him now that the Lakers are giving him a chance.
To be clear, however, Oliver is not expected to fill the final available roster spot for head coach Frank Vogel. The 25-year-old will likely end up with L.A.’s G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. Then again, you never know. Perhaps he will be able to impress the coaching staff during training camp and he will end up earning a spot on the roster. Even if he does go to the G League, an injury to the Lakers could result in a call-up for Oliver somewhere down the road. The most important thing here is that Cam Oliver has gotten his foot inside the door.