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The Minnesota Timberwolves announced last week that they have signed shooting guard Anthony Brown to a two-way contract.
What's a two-way contract? Two-way contracts are new in the NBA this season and will allow the NBA to employ roughly 60 more players for the upcoming season. Each team has two, two-way contracts. They act at the 16th & 17th roster spot for NBA teams. The player signed can spend up to 45 days with the NBA team that signs him. While 45 days can be spent, no time at the NBA level needs to be guaranteed by any team to sign a player. The rest of the player's contract must be spent in the G-League (formerly the D-League) either for the team's affiliate or another (if the team doesn't have an exclusive affiliate yet). The Wolves are one of 26 teams (of 30) that have a G-League affiliate -- the Iowa Wolves. While in the G-League, the player will make $75,000 (an increase from the $26,000 a typical G-League player makes per season). If a player spends time in the NBA, it is prorated to a NBA rookie minimum contract. If he spends 45 days in the NBA, he'll make roughly $204,000. Thusly, a player who spends the maximum of 45 days with an NBA team will make about $279,000.
Anthony Brown was the 34th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. In his rookie season, he played 29 games (11 starts) before being released. He spent the remainder of his rookie season in the D-League. Brown did play a total of 11 games last season for the New Orleans Pelicans and the Orlando Magic.
Brown may very well develop into a "three-and-D" player at some point in his career, and in today's NBA, that type of player is incredibly valuable. It's why former D-League players like Danny Green and Kent Bazemore have received big paydays and roles for their respective teams. At 6'7" with a near 7'0" wingspan, Brown has potential to be a factor in the NBA. Though, it is likely a make-or-break season for Brown as he turns 25 in just a few short months.
If nothing else, Brown provides insurance for the Wolves on the wing if injuries should take Andrew Wiggins, Jimmy Butler, or Jamal Crawford out for a significant amount of time.
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