What is an NBA two-way contract?

August 3, 2017

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The G League (which used to be called the D-League, and before that was the NBDL) has been growing. The majority of the NBA's teams now own their own G League team. The expectation is, there may be eventually 30 G League teams, each owned by one of the NBA's 30 teams.

And with an expanded G League comes the obvious desire to make more use of it, not just in regard to players hoping to make the NBA but for also for players who have an NBA contract. Many NBA teams have players at the end of the bench that would benefit from more minutes, training from top people, etc. That's where the G League comes in, and now more than ever.

What is an NBA two-way contract? Here's the explanation:

NBA two-way contracts were added to the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and will go into effect for the 2017-18 season.

Each team will now be able to have the standard 15 players on their roster, as well as up to two additional players on two-way contracts.

Two-way players will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League.

Per NBA rules, teams are permitted to have two Two-Way players on their roster at any given time, in addition to their 15-man regular season roster.

A Two-Way player will provide services to the team’s G League affiliate, but can spend up to 45 days with their NBA team, not including any time prior to the start of the NBA team's training camp and at the conclusion of their season.

Basically, NBA two-way contracts allow teams to have an expanded roster and to make more use of the G League.