Isaac
Earlier this year

Cam Oliver signs 10-day with Houston Rockets

This comes after the Taipans released him from contract for the remainder of the season due to complications with his wife's pregnancy. He's contracted to Cairns for the next NBL season.

Sporting News:

Oliver is signing a 10-day contract with the Rockets, which will take him through the rest of the regular season, which ends on May 16, with just five games remaining on the schedule.
The 24-year-old originally signed with the Rockets in 2017-18 as an undrafted free agent, but did not make the team after suffering a hand injury in training camp.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Hmmmm so he's gone home to be with his wife and now he’s signed a 10 day with the Rockets. Seems a bit fishy to me

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

He'll be good, good luck to him.

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Bolt  
Earlier this year

Surely nobody is surprised by this? His agent is a dog.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Who is his agent?

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Moldovan.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Hmmm, so the old bait and switch.

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Earlier this year

Did Cairns force him to pay $70,000 before they released him to play for Houston?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Not that big of an issue imo. Has gone over for family reasons and to be with his wife, then gets offered a 10 day contract. 10 days of work in the same country is a lot different to being on the other side of the globe for months.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Being away from your wife whether overseas or in the same country is still being away from your wife

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Being in the NBA is a lot different to the NBL too.

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ME  
Earlier this year

He would have had an NBA out clause so I am not sure what is so fishy about all this. He happened to be over there, got offered 10 days of work to follow a dream, his wife is still months away from the expected pregnancy. I mean, what of it?

What this proves, once again, is you don't have to be tearing the NBL a new anus to make the NBA. A lot of it comes down to right place, right time, and who you know, unless of course you're one of the top 100 or so players on the planet. Good luck to him. He's another flying the NBL/Australian banner in the NBA and it does our league a lot of favours.

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Woody  
Earlier this year

Don't hate on Space Cam. The guy has an opportunity he’s been waiting for his whole life.

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Cram  
Earlier this year

Wife having birth complications and being in another country is a huge issue at any time and especially now when you dont know how international flights will be affected. Taking up an opportunity to compete at the highest level, that presents itself because you happen to be back in the country is what anyone would do. Any hate here is ludicrous.

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LoveBroker  
Earlier this year

Wish Cam all the best in his NBA stint.

Hopefully he can show enough to be signed for next season.

Not sure where all the negativity is coming from.

If anyone here were playing professional basketball in a hole like Cairns then get a contract to play for H-Town, who would turn it down?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Lol at people calling this fishy.

Why would he need to make up lies to take up a contract with Houston? He would've had an NBA out clause and Cairns aren't close to the playoffs anyway

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Once he got back to the States to be close to his wife during a complicated pregnancy, wouldn't one of them have to earn money to support themselves? And wouldn't he be the more likely of the two to go out and work? And wouldn't the work would have to be in the USA? And wouldn't he ask his agent to look for pro basketball openings, rather than in the 711 store help wanted ads?

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Isaac  
Earlier this year

Cheapest 10-day is almost AU$80k, so hard to begrudge him that opportunity.

Maybe if he didn't have an NBA-out, caught wind of the chance of a 10-day, and used the pregnancy line to bail. Even then, Cairns aren't contending and presumably save some money.

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

The real question though is next season. When Oliver left the NBL/Taipans made sure to mention that he was under contract to the Taipans for next season, he re-signed to a 2 year deal before this season.

However, to be able to sign with Houston it means the Taipans have officially released him because he would need his FIBA clearance to have gone through. Which means he will be a free agent after this 10 dayer and thus no contract with the Taipans next season.

Perhaps they're crossing their fingers and hoping he will honour the original deal and come back but I did notice at the time he left Cairns he specifically never said he would ever be returning.

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Lovebroker  
Earlier this year

However, to be able to sign with Houston it means the Taipans have officially released him because he would need his FIBA clearance to have gone through. Which means he will be a free agent after this 10 dayer and thus no contract with the Taipans next season.


This is what I don't understand about professional contracts.

Example 1) Mitch Creek finished the Sixers season, went to Europe and played, should have been released to play with his German team. Yet somehow Sixers still had his rights when he was in the US? Why didn't the Sixers exercise those rights in Europe?

Example 2) Will Magnay finished the Bullets season and went to play in the US, for G League and NBA, shouldn't he have been released from his contract, especially if what was posted on the news is true and the Magnay family had to scrape together $70k to buy his clearance.

If clearance has been sought and paid for, why did Brisbane have his rights again when he came back?

Example 3) Hugh Greenwood wanted out of Perth and to the Crows, that was a clear break but Nick Marvin made a point about him not being able to come back to the NBL 'and sign with Melbourne United' (which I took to mean any team but United being stacked with money).

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

He would certainly have an NBL contract with Cairns for next season, so if he's in Australia he would have to play with the Taipans.

It's also possible he has signed an agreement to return to Cairns if not in the NBA. If he wanted to, he could try and ignore this and sign elsewhere, then things would be a bit messy and the Taipans would have to decide whether to pursue.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

13 and 10 in his debut

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

He did good, Tate as well.

Still no game time for Didi.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Nice 360 dunk by Cam in only his second NBA game. It even was trending on Twitter earlier today.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Looks asthough fitting on well. Doubt we will see Oliver.

21/22?
Machado(i)/Dufelmeier
Newbill(i)/King/Djeric
Noi/Ngatai
Deng/Jois/Krslovic
(i)/Jawai

Cut
Kenny
Blagojevic

Maybe pickup Adel.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Rockets beat writer thinks Cam Oliver will be offerd an contract for next season. Not surprising given how well he played.John Mooney is next in my opinion after the wildcats win another ring. He could be a very good NBA player

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

He ain't coming back.

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