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Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
Position: C
Born: 04/19/91
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:234 lbs. / 106.1 kg.
Salary: $12,819,650
An initial roster of 21 players was announced on May 27, but Monday’s announcement features a number of changes. Most notably, NBA stars Dillon Brooks, Brandon Clarke, Tristan Thompson, Khem Birch, Kelly Olynyk and Oshae Brissett are no longer participating. Kyle Alexander of Spain’s Fuenlabrada is also no longer with the team.
Michael Grange: Some interesting names on and not on the 24-player list @CanBball has submitted to FIBA in advance of the Olympic qualifier. Among the NBA contingent expected to be there: Nickeil Walker-Alexander; RJ Barrett; Lu Dort, Cory Joseph; Trey Lyles; Mychal Mulder; Dwight Powell and Andrew Wiggins. Dillon Brooks and Oshae Brissett are on the list, but — as reported yesterday — are not playing at the OQT. Among the NBA crowd expected to be there but not on the list: Kelly Olynyk, Khem Birch and — as reported yesterday — Tristan Thompson. Olynyk and Birch are pending free agents. The rest are holdovers from the original list: Anthony Bennett; Andrew Nembhard; Melvin Ejim; Aaron Doornekamp; Kyle Alexander; Trae Bell-Haynes and Andrew Nicholson. Also one name neglected to mention, Isiaha Mike, a pro in Europe.
They can sign Olynyk without touching their mid-level exception, an option that could be even more attractive if the rebuilding eventually makes him a trade piece should they get a chance to use one of their first-round picks for a foundation star. Beyond that unpredictable possibility, Olynyk’s offensive production and versatility, along with his fit in Stephen Silas’ preferred style, give him an ability to play with other big men. He is considerably less versatile defensively, however, which could make him a good option but not a solution in the frontcourt. Still, the effectiveness of the Rockets’ offense in the final weeks could point to Olynyk’s value regardless of how other parts of the rebuilding plays out.
Though the Rockets were happy to add Olynyk when they opted to trade Victor Oladipo at the deadline, Olynyk exceeded every expectation offensively. He was even better around the basket than they might have anticipated, making 73.7 percent of his shots within five feet, and averaging 1.16 points per post up possession, he valuable as a playmaker.
Storyline: Kelly Olynyk Free Agency
Marc Stein: Today @CanBball announced its 21-man roster for 12 spots on the Nick Nurse-coached squad aiming to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Golden State’s Andrew Wiggins is in, but injury has ruled out two of Canada’s best: Denver’s Jamal Murray and OKC’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: pic.twitter.com/WUawCvYKLr

Storyline: Olympic Games