Title:As the window for NBA roster churn opens, Raptors face back-end decisions
Date: January 7, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the choice the Raptors have to make with Lorenzo Brown’s guarantee date and the possible scenarios at play if they waive him.
If you’ve noticed a lot of smaller transactions over the past few days, that’s because the NBA’s unofficial roster churn window has opened. There are contracts every season that offer teams flexibility in the way of non- or partial guarantees and in the form of the new two-way contracts available to them beginning last year. Front offices tweak and adjust as they learn about their teams and the players on their roster, and this season has felt particularly active on the roster movement front.
The start of January, though, offers greater incentive to juggle things or make tough decisions a month ahead of the trade deadline. There are a number of key dates on the NBA calendar that create something like a two-week window for shuffling the back end of rosters:
- Jan. 5: Teams can sign players to 10-day contracts.
- Jan. 7: Players on non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed deals become guaranteed for the rest of the season if they are not waived by 5 p.m. ET.
- Jan. 15: The last day teams can sign players to two-way contracts.
The league moved the G League Showcase to December this year in part to give teams an earlier look at players before this window, when teams could conceivably change their rosters from spots 13 to 17. Teams have jumped on that in recent days, cutting two-way players for new ones, and Monday should see at least a couple of non-guaranteed deals waived to avoid that guarantee kicking in (things have started early with Patrick McCaw, James Nunnally, Kenny Omega and others on the move).