Title: What are the NBA’s new two-way contracts and how might the Raptors use them?
Date: June 21, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I explained the NBA’s new two-way roster spots and looked at how the Raptors may look to fill them.
As the Raptors went through the arduous, oft-circuitous pre-draft workout process, they cast a wide net in bringing in 51 prospects of varying levels of public regard to their practice facility. Looking at the full list of prospects, there are plenty of names who don’t even register as likely draft picks on Thursday. While it is true that front offices under president Masai Ujiri, in Toronto and in Denver before that, have bucked convention and consensus in making off-board selections, the breadth of the scouting process points to an additional purpose beyond just the No. 23 pick.
In years past, this could point to a desire to trade into the second round (the Raptors dealt their second-round picks this year and next year to the Phoenix Suns in the P.J. Tucker deal). Over the last two seasons, the Raptors added the extra layer of scouting for potential Raptors 905 players, as many who go undrafted and unsigned at the NBA level will put their hat into the D-League — now the G-League — draft. There’s also been a Las Vegas Summer League roster to fill out, and training camp invites to offer. The process serves a lot of ends, even if there isn’t a clear line from the workouts to the roster — information is always useful.
Starting this year, the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) adds yet another reason to search far and wide for talent, especially talent that may fall outside of your draft range: The introduction of two-way contracts.