Kelly Olynyk Rumors

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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
With the revised NBA schedule, the final qualifying tournament for Canada will be June 29 to July 4 in Victoria, B.C. If all goes well, a spot in the Tokyo Olympics July 23 to Aug. 8 will come before free agency. Players often choose to be cautious about any chance to sustain an injury when they are not under contract, but Olynyk said Wednesday he still hopes to compete. “That’s obviously my goal,” Olynyk said. “Obviously, I played for Canada for more years than I played in the NBA. It’s always been a goal of mine to play in the Olympics and represent Canada on the highest stage. Hopefully, we can this summer. Hopefully, I get that opportunity.”
Storyline: Kelly Olynyk Free Agency
At the time, the NBA was on its normal schedule, allowing players to complete their free agency decisions before the usual Olympics schedule. The revised schedule, however, would give him something to consider, if not necessarily enough to change his plans. “It definitely does change that,” Olynyk said. “Usually, your free agency is done July 1 and the Olympics are the beginning of August and you’re good to go. Now, the Olympics are the end of July and free agency is the beginning of August, so it’s kind of flip-flopped. Obviously, that plays a role and you have to think about it, whether it’s insurance or what the best route to go is. We’ll cross those bridges when they come but my goal is to go out there and play and represent my country.”
Yet, as with his ad-libbed chemistry with Brown, Olynyk made his adjustment appear easy. “It’s a different feeling, obviously, getting traded,” said Olynyk, who started because Christian Wood was out. “But when Houston called me, they were excited about me coming here and the opportunity to play with these guys. Whatever happens, happens the rest of this year. “It’s just about coming here, creating that culture, just take one step forward every single day.”