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.