Oliver played in four games for the Houston Rockets last season, averaging 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 19-33 from the field as the team closed out its season before the playoffs. An Exhibit 10 contract is non-guaranteed, and is essentially a training camp invite that allows a player (like Oliver) who is cut by their team to earn a bonus of up to $50,000 if they sign with their previous team’s G League affiliate (in this case, the South Bay Lakers) and stay there for at least 60 days.
Signing Oliver brings the Lakers’ training camp roster up to 18 players, two shy of the 20-man maximum for camps. This still leaves the Lakers with room to sign two other players to guaranteed (or non-guaranteed) contracts and have their number of guaranteed players fit under the 15-man limit teams are held to in-season.
Oliver has bounced around the basketball world since going undrafted out of Nevada, stopping in the G League to play for the Wisconsin Herd and Delaware Blue Coats before playing most of the last two years professionally in the Australian NBL. At 6’8, he mostly plays small-ball as an undersized center, a mold (most recently with Devontae Cacok) that the Lakers’ G League brain trust has often seemed to desire on their roster.
It is of course always possible that Oliver makes the actual Lakers team, but considering that the roster already boasts two traditional centers in DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard and will need minutes from Anthony Davis at the 5 as well, this feels like it is mostly a training camp invite.