Report: NBA officially eliminates game limit for two-way players

Detroit Pistons guard Dennis Smith Jr. (0) passes the ball in front of Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe, of Japan, (18) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

The NBA's Board of Governors has approved the league and NBPA agreement to eliminate the game limit for two-way players this season, allowing them to be eligible for the playoffs, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Two-way players who exceed the 50-game mark (which they were previously limited to) will reportedly also have their compensation increased to their league minimum salary based on years of service.

Prior to this decision, two-way players were only able to play extra games (including the post-season) if a team opted to convert them to a standard contract.

The agreement is particularly meaningful for teams like the Toronto Raptors, who employ a two-way player (Yuta Watanabe) as a significant part of their regular rotation. Instead of having to be concerned and judicious with Watanabe's usage in the second half of the schedule, there is now no longer a reason to sit him should the team wish him to take the floor.

Obviously, the notion of flexibility comes into play here as well, as teams (and players) continue to manoeuvre their way through a pandemic-stricken season.

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