The two-way contract was introduced last season, and entails that a player is linked to both an NBA team and its G-League affiliate. During the season, the player’s primary assignment is with the G-League team, but he can spend up to 45 days in the NBA. The player gets an additional salary is he’s called up to the NBA.
This offseason, the teams have already give ‘old’ two-way contract players a normal contract, like Luke Kornet of the New York Knicks, or released them completely, like London Perrantes of the Cleveland Cavaliers. That means several spots have opened up for new players. Here, we’ll introduce some of those players.
Jaylen Adams – Atlanta Hawks
Adams was one of the players of St. Bonaventure that managed to beat UCLA in the NCAA Tournament and he was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year, but this was not enough to get drafted. Fortunately for him, he signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks. Adams will be an offensive force for the (Bay)Hawks and a great passer.
Angel Delgado – Los Angeles Clippers
Delgado became eligible for the 2018 draft after he had played for Seton Hall for four years. Originally, he declared himself eligible last year, but after he wasn’t invited to the NBA Combine, Delgado decided to return to college for one more year. Now, after he went undrafted this year, Delgado has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. Delgado has the abilities to be a good offensive addition, in scoring and rebounding, as he averaged a double-double in both his junior and senior year at Seton Hall.
J.P. Macura – Charlotte Hornets
Macura had a decent college career with Xavier, as he averaged 12.9 points in his senior year. Xavier eventually got to the second round of the NCAA tournament, where they were kicked out by Florida State, despite Macura’s effort. In that game, he scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Malik Newman – Los Angeles Lakers
If you had to choose an undrafted player to give an two-way contract to, Newman seems like a great choice. He was a major high school prospect, with high expectations for his college years. But, he had some difficulties at his first college, Mississippi State, and his performances didn’t live up to all expectations. In 2016, he transferred to Kansas to start his second chance at a successful college career, and turned things around after he had to sit out a year. During that season, he showed glimpses of the prospect he once was, and although it wasn’t enough to become a draft prospect, he has (almost) made it to the NBA.
Keenan Evans – Detroit Pistons
Evans had a great career at Texas Tech, where he played for four years, and was even named to the second team All-American in his last year. After initially signing a summer league contract with the Golden State Warriors, he signed a two-way contract with the Detroit Pistons. Evans will still appear in the Summer League with the Pistons, where he gets the chance to prove that he is NBA material.