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NBA to Keep Majority of Two-Way Contract Rules in Place

The NBA re-tooled how two-way contracts worked for the condensed 2020-21 regular season. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, those changes are to remain in place.

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In an effort to add roster depth in the condensed 2020-21 regular season, the NBA overhauled the rules tied to two-way contracts. The 45-day limit was abandoned, the contract conversion deadline was removed, and the pay scale for players was re-tooled. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the majority of those alterations will remain in place moving forward.

Subject to a final agreement with the NBA, players have agreed to keep a majority of the current Two-Way rules for the 2021-22 season, sources tell ESPN. The one change is that a Two-Way player is not eligible for the 2022 playoffs unless his contract is converted.


- No 45 day limit but capped on games on the active list

- Salary is 50% of a rookie minimum ($462,629)

- No deadline for a Two-Way player to sign a contract

Last season, the Trail Blazers signed Keljin Blevins and T.J. Leaf to two-way contract deals. Blevins appeared in 17 games after agreeing to a two-way contract prior to the start of the season. Leaf, who signed a two-way contract with the Blazers in April, appeared in seven games.