After some apprehension to allow teams to bring their two-way players to Disney World for the NBA’s restart, the league is now expected to permit 17 total players per roster. For the Wizards, that means Garrison Mathews and Johnathan Williams III are likely heading to Florida next month.
The Athletic first reported the news, which is the reverse of what some reports from earlier this week suggested, that the league was wary of allowing two extra players per team, which would mean 44 players in total. The concern was over safety and the aim to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.
Two-way players are in most cases not the types who will make a major impact, one way or the other. But it gives teams more flexibility and more depth, which could come in handy in the event players come down with the virus. They could pull reinforcements much easier than previously discussed plans, which would include putting a player who arrives midseason through a lengthy quarantine.
Of the Wizards’ two two-way players, Mathews and Williams III, Mathews has contributed more so far this season. He is a lights-out shooter with a three-point percentage of 41.3 through 18 games. He scored 28 points against the Miami Heat back in December.
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It is unclear at this point, however, whether two-way players will be made eligible for the postseason. Under normal circumstances, they aren’t allowed to play in the playoffs unless their contracts are converted to NBA deals.
The Wizards have eight regular season games to worry about first, however. Having two extra players will help their cause.
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NBA to allow 17 players per team in Disney World restart, report says originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington