The Boston Celtics have used their first two-way contract to sign rookie Kadeem Allen.
Allen averaged 3.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in thirteen minutes per game in Las Vegas after being picked 53rd overall in this year’s NBA Draft.
The two-way contract is a new addition to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement and the Celtics will test the new contract on Allen. The deal allows a player to spend up to 45 days on an NBA roster and the rest of his season with the team’s G-League affiliate.
The contracts will allow two-way players to earn more than an average G-League contract would provide, but not as much for a standard NBA contract.
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With Semi Ojeleye signing a full NBA contract, Allen or Jabari Bird seemed like the likely candidates for the first use of a two-way contract by the Celtics. Allen can now serve as insurance in case Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, or Terry Rozier must miss time.
What this means for next season
The Celtics can also use Allen’s maximum time on the roster to determine whether or not he is worth signing to a full contract at some point in the future.
They will now have the flexibility to test Allen against stronger competition in the NBA while still getting him consistent minutes with the Maine Red Claws.
This was one criticism of the normal G-League affiliate rules; the Celtics could call players like Jordan Mickey or Demetrius Jackson up to sit on the bench, but they rarely got into games and missed out on valuable playing time in Maine.
One big benefit of signing Allen to a two-way contract is that two-way players do not count against the salary cap. As HoopsHype explains, two-way players receive a portion of the league minimum salary ($815,615) for days they are on the NBA roster and then receive the normal G-League rate ($75,000) when they are with the affiliate team.
If they spend the maximum amount of time in the NBA, the player can receive around $280,000.