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Two-Way Contracts Have Depleted Available G League Player Pool

Nov 22, 2019 10:48 AM

The NBA's addition of two-way contracts has had a number of unintended consequences, perhaps most notably the decreased number of viable players available for teams to sign during the season.

"When you talk to league executives, they'll say that the G League has kind of been, because of the Two-Way contracts, has been kind of mined clear of NBA-ready prospects," said Brian Windhorst on The Hoop Collective podcast.

Windhorst's discussion came in relation to Neil Olshey and the Portland Trail Blazers signing Carmelo Anthony, who hasn't played in the NBA for a year. The Blazers had become perilously thin in the frontcourt with Jusuf Nurkic's continued absence and then losing Zach Collins to injury as well.

"One of the reasons why there's not that many options is even if they wanted to go get a young player, if they don't have him on their roster, there's only a handful of guys that aren't on Two-Way contracts that are NBA-ready, according to people I've talked to. I understand the desperation," added Windhorst.

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Capital City Go-Go Claim Jerian Grant

Nov 18, 2019 5:14 PM

The Capital City Go-Go, the Washington Wizards’ NBA G League affiliate, added guard Jerian Grant off waivers. Capital City waived guard Jamall Gregory to complete the move. 

Grant, a native of Silver Spring, Md. and a DeMatha product, has appeared in 273 games with 61 starts in his four-year NBA career with the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic. In 60 games with the Magic last season, Grant averaged 4.2 points and 2.6 assists per game and holds career averages of 6.1 points and 2.9 assists per game. Grant appeared in two NBA G League games during the 2016-17 season with the Windy City Bulls, with 34-point and 20-point showings.

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Marial Shayok Named G League Player Of The Week

Nov 18, 2019 4:49 PM

The NBA G League announced today that Philadelphia 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok has been named NBA G League Player of the Week for games played Nov. 8 – 17. Shayok is the first Player of the Week award recipient of the 2019-20 G League season.
In three games played for the Delaware Blue Coats, Shayok averaged 35.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 32.7 minutes per game. The Ottawa native currently leads the G League in scoring average (35.0 ppg), while shooting 48.7 percent (37-76) from the field, 33.3 percent (8-24) from beyond the arc and 85.0 percent (17-20) from the free throw line.

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Bucks Assign Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Dragan Bender To G League

Nov 14, 2019 2:28 AM

Thanasis Antetokounmpo and Dragan Bender were assigned to the Wisconsin Herd, the G League team of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Antetokounmpo signed a two-year deal with the Bucks last offseason. He has appeared in just one game this season.

Bender has yet to appear for the Bucks.


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Dragan Bender Assigned By Bucks To G League

Nov 8, 2019 11:48 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have assigned forward Dragan Bender to the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League.

The 7-foot forward has yet to appear in a game for the Bucks this season. He will be in uniform on Friday for the Herd as it opens the 2019-20 season against the Windy City Bulls at Menominee Nation Arena. 

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Nets Sign Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot To Two-Way Contract

Oct 23, 2019 5:06 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard/forward Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot to a two-way contract. 

Luwawu-Cabarrot (6’7, 210) has played three NBA seasons with Chicago (2019), Oklahoma City (2018-19) and Philadelphia (2016-18), appearing in 171 career games (33 starts) and averaging 5.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per contest. The France native appeared in 50 games during the 2018-19 season split between the Bulls and Thunder, recording averages of 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game. He has also appeared in three career NBA G League contests while on assignment with the Delaware 87ers during the 2016-17 season, averaging 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals in 27.1 minutes per game.

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Bulls Sign Max Strus To Two-Way Contract

Oct 22, 2019 3:07 PM

The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Max Strus to a Two-Way contract.

Strus (6-5, 215) went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft but was signed to the Boston Celtics’ roster during the preseason. He played in four games for Boston and averaged 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 14.6 minutes before being waived. The native of Hickory Hills, Ill., began his collegiate career at Lewis University before transferring to DePaul after his sophomore season. Upon the conclusion of his senior campaign in 2018-19, Strus was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team after averaging 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 35 games. He set DePaul season records with 113 3-pointers and 311 3-point attempts, and his 705 total points rank third on the Blue Demon’s season scoring list. Strus was a three-time BIG EAST player of the week as a senior and finished his career with 29-straight games with double-figure scoring. His career scoring average of 18.6 points per game ranks fourth in DePaul’s history.

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Raptors Convert Oshae Brissett To Two-Way Contract

Oct 21, 2019 1:40 PM

The Toronto Raptors have exercised the two-way player conversion option on forward Oshae Brissett.

Brissett, 6-foot-8, 210 pounds, averaged 3.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 10.2 minutes in four preseason outings with the Raptors.

A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Brissett played two collegiate seasons (2017-19) at Syracuse, posting averages of 13.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 35.7 minutes in 71 career contests. He was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2017-18.

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Hasheem Thabeet Signs G League Contract

Oct 15, 2019 3:38 PM

Hasheem Thabeet has signed a contract in the G League.

Thabeet has been attempting an NBA comeback this year, working out for the Golden State Warriors and with the New York Knicks.

Thabeet last played professionally in Japan during the 17-18 season and last in the G League in 14-15.

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Marquese Chriss Open To Signing Two-Way Deal With Warriors

Oct 10, 2019 12:08 PM

Marquese Chriss would be open to signing a Two-Way contract with the Golden State Warriors if he has no other options.

“I want to be in the NBA right now,” Chriss said. “So, I think if it comes down to it, that’s something I’d have to consider, that’s something I’d have to think about, but I just want to make the most of this opportunity and build from it.”

Chriss has been impressive early in the preseason for the Warriors.

After being a lottery pick in 2016 by the Phoenix Suns, Chriss has now played for four teams in three seasons.

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CBA Cancels G League Games Scheduled To Be Played In China

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Jaylen Hands Agrees To Sign With Long Island Nets

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G League To Experiment With Single Free Throw Shot Rule

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Knicks Void Two-Way Agreement Of Kris Wilkes Due To Health Issues

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Heat Sign Davon Reed

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Devon Hall Signs Two-Way Contract With Thunder

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Rockets Convert Camp Deals For Shamorie Ponds, William McDowell-White Into Two-Ways

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Ahmed Hill Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Hornets

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Ben Moore In Advanced Talks With Galatasary

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Nuggets Expected To Sign Tyler Cook, Bol Bol To Two-Way Contracts
Denver would like to keep their 15th guaranteed roster spot open heading into preseason.

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Wolves Sign Kelan Martin To Two-Way Contract
Kelan Martin averaged 13.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in 27 games last season in Germany.

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Angel Delgado Signs One-Year, $4.3M Deal With Beijing Royal Fighters
Angel Delgado averaged 18.6 points, 14.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 33.4 minutes per game in the G League.

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Maine Red Claws Hire Darren Erman As Head Coach
Darren Erman is coming off four seasons with the Pelicans.

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Celtics Sign Tremont Waters, Max Strus To Two-Way Deals
Tremont Waters was a second round pick by the Celtics.

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Celtics Agree To Purchase G League's Main Red Claws
The Celtics and Red Claws have long been partners.

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Wolves Sign Jordan McLaughlin To Two-Way Contract
Jordan McLaughlin spent last season in the NBA G League with the Long Island Nets, playing in 39 games and averaging 15.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.6 steals per contest.

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Mavericks Waive Kostas Antetokounmpo From Two-Way Deal
In the G League, Kostas Antetokounmpo averaged 10.6 points and 6.1 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game with the Texas Legends.

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Cam Reynolds Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Bucks
Cam Reynolds appeared in 19 games with the Wolves last season.

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Magic Sign Josh Magette To Two-Way Contract
Josh Magette played well in Summer League with the San Antonio Spurs.

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Henry Ellenson Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Nets
Henry Ellenson averaged 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 13.6 minutes over 17 games.

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