Shams Charania: The Milwaukee Bucks are planning to sign guard Myles Powell of G League Westchester on a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Shams Charania: The Cleveland Cavaliers are signing guard Brodric Thomas to a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Marla Ridenour: League source confirms #Cavs are signing G Brodric Thomas to a two-way deal, plan to waive 2-way center Marques Bolden
Mark Berman: The Houston Rockets today announced they have called up center Justin Patton from the Westchester Knicks of the NBA G League.
The Houston Rockets have agreed to a two-way deal with center Justin Patton, agent Brian Jungreis of Par-Lay Sports and Entertainmenttold HoopsHype.
Adam Wexler: #Rockets announce they have waived center Ray Spalding. Spalding injured his Achilles in last night’s game.
Josh Robbins: Reporting with @Shams Charania: The Magic intend to sign point guard Chasson Randle to a two-way contract, league sources said. To clear a spot for Randle, the Magic would have to waive one of their current two-way players, most likely Frank Mason.
Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas today announced the team has waived guard Ashton Hagans. Hagans appeared in two games for the Timberwolves. He was signed to a two-way contract on Nov. 28.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Forward Ray Spalding is signing a two-way deal with the Houston Rockets, sources tell ESPN.
Connor Letourneau: Kerr said that, if the front office asked him about moving Toscano-Anderson into a guaranteed roster spot, he'd be "all for it." Toscano-Anderson can only play 50 of a possible 72 games because of his 2-way deal. A guaranteed contract would allow him to play every game.
Shams Charania: Guard Frank Mason has agreed to a two-way deal with the Orlando Magic, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Mason, who has played three NBA seasons, provides backcourt depth to roster dealing with key players injured.
Shams Charania: The Philadelphia 76ers are planning to sign swingman Rayjon Tucker to a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Tucker is expected to join the 76ers‘ G League affiliate (Delaware Blue Coats) in the Orlando bubble.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the NBA is now discussing adding a third two-way roster spot with the NBPA. This would bring the total roster size to 18, adding on one more player who can have a maximum of three years of NBA service and is limited to playing in 50 regular-season games. Speaking with coaches and GMs across the league, The Athletic found a mix of strong support and ambivalence over the measure after the league had to postpone 12 games in the past week. “Me personally, I think that’s a great idea,” said Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford. “I think that playing with the condensed schedule as we are, I think the more bodies we have, the better. If you look at the games where teams are having to play with eight guys, the number of minutes is adding up, and I just think it’s difficult. It’s difficult to manage games, and it’s difficult to manage teams over a prolonged period of time.”
According to one Eastern Conference GM who spoke to The Athletic under the condition of anonymity, their support for the proposal comes under the expectation the league follows through on enforcing its increasingly restrictive COVID protocols. If they increase the size of the roster, that’s one more window for the virus to float through and take down the team.
Drew Shiller: Steve Kerr on the NBA possibly allowing teams to add a third two-way player: "I don't know how it's gonna play out. I would love to see our two-way players not limited to 50 games. I could have used Nico and Juan several times this year, but had to make them inactive."
Adrian Wojnarowski: Significant discussion on league's call with general managers today about expanding rosters by allowing a third two-way contract slot this season, sources tell ESPN. That'll have to be worked out with NBPA, but there's momentum toward it.
James Edwards III: #Pistons announce that they’ve signed Frank Jackson to a two-way contract.
Eric Woodyard: The Detroit Pistons will sign Frank Jackson to a 2-way contract, according to a league source. Promising young guard is still only 22-years-old and has tremendous potential.
The Sacramento Kings have signed free agent center Chimezie Metu to a two-way contract, according to General Manager Monte McNair.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Kings are signing C Chimezie Metu to a two-way contract, source tells ESPN.
Shams Charania: The Golden State Warriors are signing forward Juan Toscano-Anderson to a two-way contract, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
JD Shaw: The Brooklyn Nets have re-signed Chris Chiozza to a two-way deal. Team also requested waivers on Jeremiah Martin.
The Toronto Raptors announced Sunday they have signed forward Paul Watson to a standard NBA contract and forward Yuta Watanabe to a two-way player contract. Watson originally signed a two-way player contract with the club Jan. 15, 2020. Per team policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. Watson, 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, averaged 3.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 8.7 minutes in 10 games with Atlanta and Toronto last season. He set career highs with 22 points (8-13 FG, 4-6 3PT, 2-3 FT) and six rebounds in 27 minutes in the regular season finale Aug. 14 vs. Denver. Watson also appeared in 30 games with Raptors 905 in the NBA G League where he averaged 19.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 35.3 minutes. For his efforts Watson was named to All-NBA G League Midseason Eastern Conference Team.
JD Shaw: The Brooklyn Nets have exercised the two-way player conversion option on forward Reggie Perry, the team announced.
The Miami Heat’s roster was pretty much set entering training camp, with the regular-season maximum of 15 players already under standard contracts. But there was one Heat roster spot that remained unfilled: a two-way contract opportunity. The Heat awarded that open roster spot to wing Max Strus (6-5, 215), announcing Saturday that it converted his Exhibit 10 deal to a two-way contract. Strus joins guard Gabe Vincent as the Heat’s two two-way contract players entering Wednesday’s regular-season opener against the Magic in Orlando.
Shams Charania: Guard Jordan McLaughlin is signing a two-way deal (qualifying offer) to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. McLaughlin is betting on himself, will return to the market in 2021 free agency.
Two-way players are thus widely expected to stay predominantly with their N.B.A. teams in 2020-21 — which, of course, is one of the daunting variables that G League officials have to factor in as they continue to discuss the best format for their season.
Joe Mussatto: The Thunder has signed Moses Brown and Josh Hall to two-way contracts, per a team release.
Keith Smith: Per league sources, the New Orleans Pelicans have officially signed Naji Marshall to a Two-Way contract.
Barry Jackson: Per source, Heat will not field G-League team this year. G-League is expected to field teams in a bubble in an Atlanta suburb. Heat will not participate. Heat's 2-way players (Vincent & likely either Eboua, Tyree, Strus or BJ Johnson) will stay with Heat, can play 50 games each
Keith Smith: Per league sources: The Detroit Pistons signed Louis King to a Two-Way contract. This will be King's second year on a Two-Way with Detroit.
JD Shaw: The Mavericks have signed first-round pick Josh Green, who was drafted No. 18 overall. The team also signed Tyler Bey to a two-way contract.
The Denver Nuggets have signed guard Markus Howard to a two-way contract, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Howard, 5-11, 180, went undrafted in the 2020 NBA draft after a prolific four-year career at Marquette University. In 29 games (all starts) as a senior in 2019-20, Howard led the nation in scoring, averaging 27.8 points per game, adding 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists, shooting 44.4% from the field and 41.2% from three in 33.2 minutes. He was unanimously named to the 2019-20 All-America First Team.
Keith Smith: The Philadelphia 76ers have signed Dakota Mathias to a Two-Way contract.
Derek Bodner: Paul Reed, the 58th pick in the 2020 draft, is signing a two-way contract with the #sixers, per source.
Scott Agness: Free agent guard Brian Bowen has re-signed with the Pacers on a two-way deal. The Pacers have 19 of 20 training camp spots filled.
Olgun Uluc: Will Magnay is finalizing a two-way deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told ESPN.
Harrison Faigen: The Lakers just re-signed Kostas Antetokounmpo to another two-way contract.
Tony Jones: Jarrell Brantley has signed a two way deal to return to the Utah Jazz, according to sources
Michael Singer: Nuggets make official what @denverpost had been reporting. Greg Whittington will be on a two-way contract with Denver. Deal was signed last night and finalized today.
Chris Kirschner: The Hawks have officially announced the signing of No. 6 pick Onyeka Oknogwu and No. 50 pick Skylar Mays and Nathan Knight. Mays and Knight will be on two-way contracts.
Shams Charania: Denver’s Bol Bol has agreed to a new two-year, $4.2M deal with the Nuggets, his agents Andrew Morrison and Sam Rose of CAA Sports tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Shams Charania: Nuggets convert Bol Bol’s two-way to a standard NBA deal and are excited about his development this upcoming season.
Michael Singer: League source confirms Bol Bol's 2-year, $4.1 M deal, as @Shams Charania reported. As @denverpost first reported, Nuggets are converting Bol from a two-way contract.
Keith Smith: Per league sources: Jared Harper has signed his Two-Way qualifying offer with the New York Knicks.
Shams Charania: Former Pistons guard Jordan Bone has agreed to a two-way contract with the Orlando Magic, source tells @The Athletic @Stadium.
Shams Charania: Free agent Tacko Fall has signed a two-way contract with the Boston Celtics, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Marla Ridenour: League source confirms #Cavs have agreed to Exhibit 10 deal with former Michigan player Charles Matthews. Still working on confirmation of @Adrian Wojnarowski report of Damyean Dotson receiving 2-year, $4M deal from Cavs.
Vince Goodwill: Forward Keita Bates Diop agreed to a two-way deal with the San Antonio Spurs, per sources
Michael Singer: #Nuggets will sign Isaiah Hartenstein, waive Keita Bates-Diop, convert Bol Bol from a two-way contract and that should finalize their roster, with Whittington and Howard as the two-ways, sources told @denverpost. denverpost.com/2020/11/22/nug…
Adrian Wojnarowski: Guard Quinndary Weatherspoon is returning to the San Antonio Spurs on a two-way contract, his agent Daniel Hazan tells ESPN.
Bobby Marks: Theo Pinson is signing a Two-Way contract with the New York Knicks, league sources tell ESPN.
Chris Haynes: Undrafted free agent forward Mamadi Diakite - out of Virginia - has reached an agreement on a two-way deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, his agent @Gary_Durrant tells Yahoo Sports.
Connor Letourneau: It's becoming increasingly clear that there's probably not going to be any room on the Warriors' 15-man roster for Mychal Mulder and Juan Toscano-Anderson. They could be candidates for two-way contracts, though.
Brad Townsend: I'm told that Iwundu's contract is guaranteed, and this source also confirmed my earlier report that J.J. Barea will be back, but this source is telling me the Mavs still have one more roster spot. I knew Bey and Hinton were on 2-ways, but I obviously need to redo my math.
Undrafted rookie Ty-Shon Alexander has signed a two-way deal with the Suns. He averaged a team-high 16.9 points for Creighton last season.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Breaking on @BonniesMBB: Free agent guard Jaylen Adams has agreed to a two-way deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, agent @MikeGTdot of @OneLegacySports tells ESPN.
Derek Bodner: #sixers announce that they have waived Norvel Pelle and Marial Shayok. Pelle was on a non-guaranteed NBA deal, and Shayok was on a two-way contract.
Heat two-way player Gabe Vincent has signed his qualifying offer, according to the team. The qualifying offer is a one-year, two-way contract with a $50K guarantee.
Shams Charania: Florida State point guard Trent Forrest is signing a two-way contract with the Utah Jazz, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
In the last move of the night for Detroit, the franchise took Vanderbilt guard Saben Lee at No. 38. Per sources, the Pistons had a first-round grade on Lee. He’ll be on a two-way contract to start the year, sources said. Lee was described me to as the “new Jordan Bone,” who Detroit let go earlier this week. Lee, at 6-2, is considered one of the best athletes of the small guards in this class. When Aaron Nesmith got injured during the 2019-20 season, Lee blossomed, averaging nearly 22 points in his final 15 games and jumping onto the NBA radar. He declared for the draft after his junior year.
Shams Charania: Undrafted Butler guard Sean McDermott has agreed to a two-way deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Mark Berman: NBA source confirms the #Rockets reached an agreement on a two-way contract with undrafted free agent guard Mason Jones (@masonjones2) from @RazorbackMBB.
Shams Charania: Undrafted Butler guard Sean McDermott has agreed to a two-way deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Adrian Wojnarowski: UAB guard Nate Darling is signing a two-way deal with Charlotte, his agents Mike George and Nate Daniels of @OneLegacySports tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: French F Killian Tillie of Gonzaga is signing a two-way deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, his agent Andy Shiffman of @Priority Sports tells ESPN.
Shams Charania: Undrafted Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans has agreed to a two-way deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Nate Hinton has accepted a two-way deal with the Dallas Mavericks, according to his agent Tallen Todorovich. This was my Interview with the @UHCougarMBK star: bit.ly/32XJ3xH
April 18, 2021 | 3:21 am EDT Update
Blake Murphy: Freddie Gillespie will sign a second 10-day contract with the Raptors tomorrow, per a source. No surprise. He played a lot by 10-day standards, impressed, and had Nick Nurse publicly vouch. Would think a partial guarantee through 2021-22 comes Apr 28, barring the unforeseen.
“I wouldn’t say (my passion has been) taken away, that’s probably a little bit too strong,” VanVleet said on Saturday. “But there’s certainly ups and downs to this thing more than I’ve ever experienced in my life. To be honest, this is probably the most unpure year of basketball I’ve ever been a part of, just from the whole league and rushing the season back. “It’s pretty much all about business this year on every level and it’s hard to hide it, you know what I’m saying? The NBA is a great balance of like the pure love and joy of one of the best sports in the world mixed with a billion-dollar industry, and I think this year the industry side has taken precedence over some of the love and the joy.”
“I can sit up here and complain about the NBA all I want to, but I’m a part of it, you know what I’m saying?” VanVleet said. “I’m directly profiting off of it. We did vote on what season we wanted. “But I can point out that this is what it is, and (these are the) the pros and cons that come with that. It’s very conflicting but not so much (because) of my craft, because I just go out there and that’s the way I play and that’s the way I approach every day. I’m (going to) take whatever consequences come with that because this is what I signed up for. But there’s certainly a lot of information that plays a role in all of these things that we’re seeing with our eyes. It’s not as simple as it looks all the time.”
After Celtics star Jayson Tatum scored 44 points to lead his team to a 119-114 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, overcoming a spectacular 47-point performance from Stephen Curry in the process, Tatum said it was a thrill for him to go toe-to-toe with the future Hall of Famer and come out on top. “Just mutual respect,” Tatum said, when asked about the conversation the two had on the court inside TD Garden afterward. “Obviously two big performances. I was glad that we got the win, but obviously he’s one of the all-time greats. “Just to earn his respect and get a win on the same night … it was a good night.”
Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry scored 47 points on Saturday night, becoming the first player since Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to score at least 30 or more points in 10 straight games at age 33 or older. Curry, in his 12th NBA season, acknowledged that this is one of the best stretches he’s ever been on during his storied career.
“Statistically, it is for sure,” Curry said after the 119-114 loss to the Boston Celtics. “This season’s required something a little bit different. I’m trying to meet that moment. It’s a fun brand of basketball, just trying to put wins together with it. And I have supreme confidence; I’ve been blessed with a very special skillset that I’m trying to continue to master and hone and get better at. And that’s showing, the work is showing, so I’m trying to obviously sustain that for this season because it’s required for us to get to where we want to go.”
Tommy Beer: Jeff Van Gundy is calling the Warriors-Celtics game on ABC and, previewing tomorrow’s Knicks-Pelicans game on national TV, says Julius Randle is “definitely the most improved player in the league,” adding Randle deserves MVP-ballot consideration