By Doug Patrick
The Portland Trail Blazers invited three players to their training camp this year, Chinanu Onuaku, Gary Payton II, and Cameron Oliver. All three were recently cut.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Portland Trail Blazers have cut all three of their training camp invitees: Gary Payton II, Cameron Oliver, and Chinanu Onuaku.
Portland has waived Gary Payton, Cameron Oliver and Chinanu Onuaku, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 13, 2018
Although the Blazers have two open spots for two-way contracts, they will keep these places vacant for now.
However, these cuts should not be especially surprising. All three played very limited minutes this preseason, often only coming in towards the end of halves. Payton averaged 8.1, Onuaku 5.2, and Oliver 4.2.
Payton ended the preseason with four points per, 1.3 assists, and on board per game. And it never seemed like he had much of a chance of making the roster, considering the depth Portland features at the guard spot with Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Seth Curry, Wade Baldwin IV, and Anfernee Simons.
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