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What’s the two-way contract within the NBA?


At first of the 2017-18 season, the NBA introduced two-contracts, which allows a player to sign a guaranteed cope with an NBA franchise and play for each its NBA skilled team and its G-League affiliate. For instance, if a player signs a two-way cope with the Chicago Bulls, he’ll find a way to play for Chicago’s G-League team, the Windy City Bulls.

NBA two-ways contracts explained

The 2-way contract was introduced to profit un-drafted players who don’t make the cut within the NBA Draft and enables teams to maintain these players “on retainer” without having to sign to a full-time contract. Players drafted throughout the first or second-round of an NBA draft are also often signed to two-way contracts. Two-way players are sometimes considered to be the “sixteenth and seventeenth men” on a roster. Each NBA team is allowed to supply two two-way contracts per season to players with fewer than 4 years of NBA experience.

Who took all those jobs?

48 players chosen within the 2022 NBA Draft are on a roster.

A further 34 players signed Two Way contracts that weren’t within the league last yr. https://t.co/W2nvwhXUbe

— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 15, 2022

Several players have signed two-way deals within the last couple of years, including Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr., who signed a two-way contract with the Indiana Pacers after going unselected within the 2021 Draft, and Austin Reaves and Joel Ayayi, who each signed with the LA Lakers and played with the South Bay Lakers. This season the Lakers have brought in Scotty Pippen Jr. as considered one of their two allocations (see below for full list).

The Portland Trail Blazers are converting center Olivier Sarr to a two-way contract, source tells ESPN. Sarr played 22 games for OKC as a rookie after college stops at Wake Forest and Kentucky.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 13, 2022

Two-way contract rule changes

Two-way players were originally permitted to spend 45 days per season with their NBA team but were ineligible to play within the playoffs. Nevertheless consequently of the pandemic, the league permitted two-way players to turn into eligible for the 2020 NBA Playoffs.

From the 2020-21 season, the period of time a two-way player could play together with his NBA team was increased to 50 games, while the minimum salary for two-way contracts increased from an initial $81,955 minimum to an overall salary price as much as $449,155.

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For the 2021-22 season, the NBA Board of Governors also approved changes to roster-related rules regarding using two-way players throughout the regular season.

As per that NBA communique: “For the 2021-22 season, each two-way player will likely be paid a flat salary equal to 50% of the minimum player salary applicable to a player with zero years of service. A player under a two-way contract will likely be permitted to be on the NBA team’s lively list for not more than 50 games throughout the regular season, with no limit on practices, workouts or other activities with the NBA team.

“As well as, there will likely be no deadline for signing two-way contracts with respect to the 2021-22 season, a change from the rule within the Collective Bargaining Agreement that prohibits teams from signing a player to a two-way contract after Jan. 15 of any season.”

Which NBA players are on two-way deals in 2022/23?

For the 2022/23 season, listed below are the two-way players (* in first of two years):

Atlanta Hawks

Trent Forrest, G

Jarrett Culver, G

Boston Celtics

JD Davison, G

Mfiondu Kabengele, C

Brooklyn Nets

Alondes Williams, G

David Duke, G

Charlotte Hornets

Bryce McGowens, G

Theo Maledon, G

Chicago Bulls

Malcolm Hill, F

Kostas Antetokounmpo, F

Cleveland Cavaliers

Isaiah Mobley, F

Mamadi Diakite, F/C

Dallas Mavericks

Tyler Dorsey, G

McKinley Wright IV, G

Denver Nuggets

Collin Gillespie, G

Jack White, F

Detroit Pistons

Braxton Key, F

Buddy Boeheim, G

Golden State Warriors

Ty Jerome, G

Anthony Lamb, G/F

Houston Rockets

Trevor Hudgins, G

Darius Days, F

Indiana Pacers

Kendall Brown, F

Trevelin Queen, G

Los Angeles Clippers

Moussa Diabate, F

Moses Brown, C

Los Angeles Lakers

Scotty Pippen Jr., G

Cole Swider, F *

Memphis Grizzlies

Kenneth Lofton Jr., F

Vince Williams Jr., F *

Miami Heat

Jamal Cain, F

Dru Smith, G

Milwaukee Bucks

Sandro Mamukelashvili, F/C

AJ Green, G

Minnesota Timberwolves

Eric Paschall, F

Luka Garza, F

Recent Orleans Pelicans

Dereon Seabron, G

E.J. Liddell, F *

Recent York Knicks

Feron Hunt, F

Trevor Keels, G

Oklahoma City Thunder

Lindy Waters III, G

Eugene Omoruyi, F

Orlando Magic

Admiral Schofield, F

Kevon Harris, G *

Philadelphia 76ers

Julian Champagnie, G/F

Michael Foster Jr., F

Phoenix Suns

Duane Washington Jr., G

Ish Wainright, F

Portland Trail Blazers

Olivier Sarr, C

John Butler, C (reported)

Sacramento Kings

Keon Ellis, G

Neemias Queta, C

San Antonio Spurs

Dominick Barlow, F

Jordan Hall, G/F *

Toronto Raptors

Ron Harper Jr., G/F

Jeff Dowtin, G

Utah Jazz

Johnny Juzang, G/F

Micah Potter, C *

Washington Wizards

Jordan Schakel, G

Jordan Goodwin, G

(h/t hoopsrumors)

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