Why Victor Oladipo Doesn’t Make the OKC Thunder Roster:
As I mentioned in the section above, this very young roster wants to grow together over the next couple of years. The OKC Thunder have been preaching development for the past couple of years, and they overachieved last year.
Oladipo is best when the ball is in his hands, and there are still players that need developmental minutes, especially at the guard spot, like Tre Mann Cason Wallace, and Vasilije Micic. The two-time EuroLeague MVP signed with the team this summer and plans to have him be a big part of the rotation.
The OKC Thunder roster is crowded as it is, as they have to cut five players before the start of the regular season. He is fighting for the fifteenth roster spot and is coming off of a significant injury where he won’t be ready for the start of the regular season.
Plenty of other players can play right away and have a higher upside than Oladipo for the final roster spot. Oladipo is the easiest cut to make on this roster, and he is only making nine million dollars this year and is in the last year of his deal. The OKC Thunder could agree to a buyout with Oladipo and let him sign with another team.