OKC Thunder signs Moses Brown, Josh Hall to two-way contracts
The Thunder has signed center Moses Brown and forward Josh Hall to two-way contracts, the team announced Wednesday.
Brown played for Portland on a two-way contract last season. The 7-foot-1 and 245-pound center appeared in nine games for the Trail Blazers. He averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 30 G League games.
The former McDonald's All-American was named to the Pac-12's All-Freshman team in his one year at UCLA. Brown signed with Portland after going undrafted.
Hall was the 31st-ranked prospect in the 2020 recruiting class, but the fifth-year prep player declared for the NBA draft rather than signing with N.C. State. Hall, a 6-foot-8 forward, joined the Thunder after going undrafted.
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"We're excited about them," Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. "They're intriguing players ... Both have great size for their position, both are very rangy athletically."
The Thunder had both of its two-way slots open after Luguentz Dort signed a multi-year contract over the summer and Kevin Hervey's two-way deal expired. Each team can sign two players on two-way contracts in addition to 15 players on standard contracts.
The rules around two-way contracts, which allow players to go back and forth from the G League to NBA, have been relaxed this season.
There's no longer a 45-day limit, which included practices and games, that two-way players can spend with their NBA team. Two-way players can now be active for up to 50 NBA games, and there's no limit on practice time.
Dort, for example, didn't practice with the Thunder even as he emerged as a starter last season. The Thunder stretched his 45 days by only calling him up for games.
Plans for the G League season have not been finalized, but a bubble setting in Atlanta has been proposed, according to multiple reports.
Some G League teams have already opted out of potentially playing in a bubble. Daigneault, who coached the G League Oklahoma City Blue for five seasons, said he hasn't been involved in the Blue's plans for the upcoming season.
"Two-ways around the league will suffer from having less G League opportunities," Daigneault said. "It's a valuable developmental experience when those guys can play with the Blue. So that's missing a bit, but we're looking at every possible way to supplement that so that we keep not only the two-way players, but everybody, on a track of development."