Portland has cut their roster down to the maximum number of allowable players, informing training camp invites Adam Morrison, Coby Karl, and Justin Holiday that they are to be waived. Mike Tokito from The Oregonian reports that all three players were informed of their situation Friday, and will not be joining the team for practice Saturday.
Morrison came to camp as a sentimental favorite to make the roster and find a way back into the NBA. Unfortunately for Adam, Portland’s roster stood at 15 guaranteed contracts prior to his being signed for training camp. His odds to make the team where not good from the beginning. Morrison saw limited action in seven preseason games, playing his best in the preseason opener against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Morrison’s time with Portland has a bit of a side-show element from the start. He fielded more questions at Media Day than some of the Blazers’ roster guys, and his statement that he would retire if he didn’t make the team became a bit of a national news item. Adam has since backed up on his retirement plan, and it’s possible that his exposure, though not overly inspiring, will help him catch on somewhere if not in the NBA than overseas.
The same can be said for Coby Karl, as far as preseason exposure helping his professional basketball cause. Karl was a catalyst in Portland’s win over the Denver Nuggets, playing the same role a few nights later in the Blazers’ convincing victory over the Jazz. Portland head coach Terry Stotts has been on the record already a few times that Karl should be on an NBA roster. We’ll have to see if that happens.
As for Justin Holiday. He was the final training camp invite, and didn’t see hardly any playing time in the preseason. He’ll likely end up in the D-League, but because he’s been waived by Portland it doesn’t look like he’s being directly assigned to the Idaho Stampede, the Blazers’ NBADL affiliate.
As it stands, Portland’s roster is at maximum capacity. With a few holes still to fill before the Blazers become a legitimate contender or even close, any additions this season will now have to come by trade or after a guaranteed contract gets cut. Either thing is totally possible. I would even say a trade is highly likely at some point this season.