With the introduction of two-way contracts in 2017, NBA teams have a multitude of manners of retaining talent to be able to develop into standard contract players down the line. Under these kinds of contracts, teams are able to option players to a G League affiliate when desired while also calling them up to practice and even appear for the senior team if needed.
This offseason, teams are now allowed a maximum of three two-way contracts at a time. And the Hawks like many have already taken advantage of that roster flexibility by using two tenders on rookies. The third two-way contract for the Hawks was recently announced as veteran Trent Forrest has agreed to a deal to keep him in Atlanta for the second straight season.
Starting this preseason, teams can have a maximum of 21 players enter their respective training camps — up from 20 as had been the case for many years. This means that in addition to 15 standard contracts and three two-way contracts, teams can hand out Exhibit 10 contracts to reach that limit of 21 — contracts that contain a (relatively) small guarantee but almost always end up in the player being waived to retain that players’ G League rights for the season.
That brings us to this question: where are the Hawks at in each category? As of writing, the Hawks have doled out 20 contracts broken down in the following manner:
Exhibit 10 contracts