Tropang Giga hire ex-Rocket anew

TNT Tropang Giga is out to make a statement by tapping Cameron Oliver as import for the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup next month.

The 6-foot-8 former Houston Rockets forward is tipped to boost the Tropang Giga’s bid to make another finals appearance since their bridesmaid finish in this midseason conference in 2019.

The Tropang Giga, however, remain focused on the task at hand, which is winning the Philippine Cup crown against San Miguel Beer.

The Tropang Giga and the Beermen are clashing in Game 1 at press time.

A former University of Nevada standout, Oliver will be the third former Rocket to suit up for the Tropang Giga since Terrence Jones and KJ McDaniels in 2019.

He wasn’t selected in the 2017 NBA Draft, but his impressive campaign with the Cairns Taipans in the National Basketball League in Australia landed him a 10-day contract with the Rockets in which he posted impressive averages of 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games in 2021.

Oliver joined the South Bay Lakers in the NBA G League before signing with the Atlanta Hawks, where he averaged 11.5 points and three rebounds.

Then, he played overseas with Unicaja Malaga in Spain and most recently with Leones de Ponce in Puerto Rico, where he averaged 15.1 points and 8.4 rebounds in 10 games.

He is expected to boost the TNT frontcourt that already has veterans Poy Erram, Troy Rosario and Kelly Williams.

The Tropang Giga hope that Oliver could lead them back to the title after bowing to Chris McCollough and San Miguel Beer in a dramatic finals series in 2019.

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