Two-Way Contracts maintain that a player can play with the parent club of an NBA Organization (San Antonio Spurs, Austin Spurs) for up to 45 days of the NBA Regular Season, including games, practice, travel, etc. Since the official start of the NBA Season was October 17, 45 days from that date would be December 1. Because most teams did not carry their two-way players as roster spots 16 and 17 every day thus far, the termination of some of those 45 day contracts is here or quickly approaching.
Two-Way contracts may only be extended to players with under four Years of Service in the NBA (thus a two-year Two-Way may not be signed by a player with 3 Years of Service).
However, in light of these 45 days expiring, teams have the option of waiving the player and starting fresh with another player and a new Two-Way Contract. Players can be signed to a Two-Way after the beginning of the season and the contracts will simply be prorated. In other words, teams can use the Two-Way as extended Ten-Day Contracts, with the option to convert or waive the player.
On December 17, the Milwaukee Bucks announced that they would be waiving Gary Payton II, as he was coming to the end of his 45 days with the parent club. In turn, they have signed Sean Kilpatrick to a Two-Way Contract. Around the league, we see the Atlanta Hawks convert Tyler Cavanaugh’s Two-Way Contract into a multi-year deal.
Per Article II Section 9c of the 2017 NBA CBA, Two-Way Players and 10-Day players can coexist on an NBA Roster. An NBA Team cannot sign a player to more than two 10-Day contracts in a given season. A team may use the following formula to calculate how many 10-Day contracted players they can have on the team at one time:
# of Active + Inactive Players on Roster – 12 = Max Number of 10-Day Players
For example, if a team has 14 Active/Inactive Players (Aggregate), then they may sign two 10-Day players so long as the aggregate roster remains at 14.
As of January 5, 10-Day contracts can begin to be issued and signed by NBA Teams. January 15 is the last day to sign Two-Way Contracts.
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