Storyline: Two-Way Contracts

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Deng Adel to a Two-Way contract, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today. Adel (6-7, 200) has played in 25 games (24 starts) this season for the Raptors 905 of the NBA G League, averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 31.6 minutes per game. He played three years collegiately at Louisville, where he averaged 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 26.8 minutes per game over 89 games (71 starts). The Khartoum, South Sudan native originally went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jones did nothing wrong with the Cavaliers and everyone in the organization really liked him, including head coach Larry Drew. Jones averaged 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 13.4 minutes. He reached double figures in scoring twice over the last six games. But by rule, Jones started with just 34 days that he could spend with the Cavaliers and those were almost up. A league source estimated that Jones had just 10 days remaining with the Cavs before the team needed to make a decision between signing him to a contract or sending him back down to the G League until that season ended.

Jared Terrell is on a two-way NBA contract, so there are times where he has no idea if he’ll be with the Timberwolves or the team’s G-League affiliate in Iowa. On Wednesday, he was back home in Boston, where the Celtics topped the Timberwolves, 115-102. The Weymouth native and former Rhode Island standout was active for Minnesota, with Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose both injured. It was an unexpected trip home for Terrell, who was undrafted and signed a two-way deal on July 5. “It’s been a couple of months [away] but it feels good to be home.” he said. “I couldn’t circle [the game] on my calendar because I’m a two-way player and I spent time with both teams, so I didn’t know if I’d be called up or not. It’s just one of those things that just happened.”

The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Brandon Sampson to a Two-Way contract. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a preceding move, the Bulls waived Two-Way player Tyler Ulis. Sampson (6-5, 184) went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft after playing three seasons at Louisiana State University. He has played in 18 games (18 starts) this season for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League, averaging 17.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 35.1 minutes per game. At LSU, Sampson played in 85 games (40 starts) from 2015-18. Over his career with the Tigers, he averaged 7.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists, scoring a career-high 24 points twice in the 2016-17 season.

The franchise signed Trier to a two-way contract this summer, which allows him to spend 45 days with the NBA team — a number he’ll soon exhaust. The exact date is murky — Trier gets credit for every day he spends with the Knicks, except travel days and off-days, which can be complex accounting with some latitude and self-policing on what qualifies as a rest day and one with team obligations. It could come as early as Dec. 6 but is more likely to fall somewhere in the week after towards mid-December. At that point the Knicks can leave him in the G League for the rest of the season or sign him to an NBA deal, for which they’d need to clear out a roster spot. The Knicks and Trier have had ongoing discussions on a new contract, according to multiple league sources, one that would take him off a two-way and on a standard NBA deal. The logistics of a contract could be complicated though. Trier, averaging 11.8 points-per-game and 10th in eFG% of all rookies averaging at least 10 minutes a night, has played well enough to earn leverage in talks.

He entered draft night in June with strong expectations that he would be selected by the Knicks. He believed he had received strong indications the Knicks would take him in the second round, with the 36th overall pick. “I don’t want to say it was a promise but it was — I don’t know what’s a guarantee,” he said. “I thought that’s where I was going for sure.” Trier says he was told by the Knicks that if he was still on the board then, they would take him. The Knicks didn’t make a promise to Trier, according to league sources, but did have him in strong consideration for the pick. “I didn’t think I would get past there, honestly,” he said.

The Rockets on Saturday took the first steps toward reducing their regular-season roster to 14 players, waiving players signed to non-guaranteed contracts, and are expected to convert the contracts of impressive rookie Gary Clark and second-round pick Vincent Edwards to two-way deals, two individuals with knowledge of the moves said. The final steps, to put Edwards and Clark on two-way deals, has not been completed, but is expected in the coming days, one person with knowledge of the Rockets’ plans said.
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June 26, 2019 | 8:17 pm EDT Update