The Portland Trail Blazers have yet to sign any two-way contracts this season, The deadline is Tuesday, January 15th. Luke Adams of Hoop Rumors speculates that the Blazers may not feel a need to sign two-way players because the team does not have its own G-League affiliate. Adams explains that perhaps Paul Allen’s passing has added a wrinkle to roster moves:
The club’s unsettled ownership situation could also be a factor here. Two-way players are very inexpensive in relative terms, but they still represent two more player salaries that need to be paid. Longtime Blazers owner Paul Allen passed away in 2018, so perhaps the front office hasn’t felt the need to ask ownership for the money for those two extra salaries.
A lack of injuries and a healthy bench has kept Portland’s depth up, which makes two-way players less of a necessity. However, in a long NBA season, new energy could be desirable sooner rather than later. Would you prefer to see the Blazers chase a two-way player? If so, whom?