NBA Rumors: Two-Way Player Game Limits To Be Removed This Season

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to affect how the NBA operates during the 2020-21 season, a big topic of conversation has been its handling of players on a two-way contract.

The NBA first implemented two-way contracts in the 2017 season, allowing rosters to expand from 15 to 17 players. The two players assigned to two-way deals would play primarily for the team’s G League affiliate and no more than 45 days with the first team.

But the pandemic, which has caused many game postponements and players missing games due to health and safety protocols, made the NBA change things. In a 72-game season, two-way players could play in 50 of them.

However, the league is now planning to remove the 50-game limit in its entirety with other changes, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania:

The league is also working to allow those players to be eligible to play in playoff games if their team qualifies, which would improve team depth in a precarious situation.

For the Los Angeles Lakers, that could mean minutes for Devontae Cacok and Kostas Antetokounmpo if the team finds themselves in search of additional depth.

Both players, however, haven’t stepped on the floor on very many occasions, which Frank Vogel recently said was by design in order to preserve their 50-game limit to the second half of the season. Now that the NBA may be doing away with the rule though, that could change things.

Cacok, 24, has played in just four games, and Antetokounmpo, 23, in only three this season. All of the minutes have materialized in garbage time situations, so real developmental opportunities have been difficult to come by for the two.

Minutes should be even more scarce as the Lakers recently signed Damian Jones to a 10-day contract, and after an impressive outing against the Golden State Warriors, teammates believe Jones could stay with the team longer.

NBA releases second-half schedule

The league usually released the full-season schedule before the season fully commenced, but because of the pandemic, they opted to hold onto the second-half portion until it was okay to do so.

The Lakers will have an extremely arduous schedule awaiting them once the All-Star break concludes.

Tough slates include eight back-to-backs throughout the schedule and traveling on the road for 11 games in a 14-game stretch, with two of those three contests at home against the Utah Jazz. If Los Angeles hopes to claim the number one seed in the Western Conference, it’ll be a laborious uphill battle.

Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel? It’s the best way to watch player interviews, exclusive coverage from events, participate in live shows, and more!

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Frank Vogel Pleased With ‘Winning Players’ Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell

The Los Angeles Lakers were unable to keep their preseason momentum going as they lost to the L.A. Clippers on…

NBA Rumors: LeBron James To Consider Knicks Due To Phil Jackson Signing

[new_royalslider id=”184″] The impact of Phil Jackson signing on to be the…

Lakers Rumors: Pau Gasol Says ‘No First Or Second Option’ In Free Agency

[new_royalslider id=”130″] As the uncertainty surrounding free agent Pau Gasol continues to…

President Barack Obama Joins LeBron James In Newest Episode Of ‘The Shop’

LeBron James has already accomplished one of his major goals for this year, winning the NBA title with the Los…