Time marches on, the NBA’s scheduled return draws nearer, and more news trickles out about what that return will look like from the perspective of managing the roster.
Teams can conduct rest of season contracts, substitute players ($183,115 minimum for two years of service), two-way contracts, and waivers during the window. https://t.co/bA9q7J4Axc— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 20, 2020
Don’t expect the Bucks to do too much in terms of tinkering with the roster. If you recall (you’re forgiven if you don’t, it’s been a while), Milwaukee made its move during the “buyout” season when Dragan Bender was waived in favor of Marvin Williams. Every other player on the Bucks’ roster has a role to play and is a safe bet to remain, including Sterling Brown (who was mostly out of the rotation but is capable), D.J. Wilson (ultimate bench hype man/sharp dresser), and Thanasis Antetokounmpo (probably the second-safest player on the roster, after Giannis).
Furthermore, Milwaukee has carried 15 players on the standard roster all year long, and both two-way spots are filled by Frank Mason III and Cam Reynolds. Although the roster limit was reportedly raised to 17 for the remainder of the season, there’s no reason to believe that either Mason or Reynolds will be replaced with other two-way players (the additional spots for Orlando are specifically reserved for two-ways). Mason serves as the team’s emergency point guard (and his professional resume isn’t too shabby) while Reynolds is a capable 6’7” shooting specialist (G-League career stats: 0.379 3PT%, 0.544 3PAr, 18.5 points/36 minutes).
Free agency negotiations will start at 6 PM on October 18, per sources. (Not a minute sooner, or that would be tampering, of course) https://t.co/gFsfDA0BGf— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2020
Receiving the dates for the start of the 20-21 season (beginning with the draft and free agency) is more of an interesting tidbit than anything, since there’s very little chance of the NBA not persisting in the long-term. Of course, this is all assuming that the plans to resume the season actually happens. Coronavirus remains a major concern, and things in Florida aren’t looking all that great at the moment.
BREAKING: Another Florida record day. Added 4049 new COVID-19 cases overnight. 12.36% positivity rate.— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) June 20, 2020
Then again, things aren’t looking good anywhere in the US right now:
“It really does feel like the U.S. has given up.” -European scientist.https://t.co/A910VQq7mX pic.twitter.com/xl8BuqqJ2n— Andy Slavitt @ (@ASlavitt) June 19, 2020