Report: NBA to eliminate two-way player game limit, clearing way for Garrison Mathews

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Wizards benefit as NBA reportedly removes limit on two-way players originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The NBA will eliminate the game limit applying to two-way players this season, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Thursday.

The rule, which stipulated that players on two-way deals would be confined to 50 NBA appearances and would be ineligible for the playoffs, was reportedly terminated per the agreement between the NBA Players Association and Board of Governors. Now that the rule has been eliminated, players such as Wizards’ current starting guard/forward Garrison Mathews will be allowed to play in an unlimited number of games for the remainder of the 2020-21 season, including the playoffs.

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Mathews has already played in 29 games for Washington this season and has started 13 of them. He was a consistent starter in Scott Brooks’ lineup during the run which saw the Wizards go 8-3 heading into the all-star break. Averaging 6.9 points per game off a 40.8% clip from three-point range, Mathews is a critical part of Washington’s young core which includes Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija.

The only other player on the Wizards’ roster who could be affected by the NBA’s decision is rookie Cassius Winston, the Michigan State alum who Washington drafted 53rd overall in 2020. Winston has appeared in six games thus far this season, averaging 2.2 points in 7.3 minutes per contest. Winston and Mathews are the only two-way players within the organization. A ‘two-way’ designation on a player’s contract means that the franchise can either roster them on their G-League squad (in Washington’s case, the Capital City Go-Go), or select them to suit up at the NBA level.

The elimination of the game limit rule for two-way players will also likely have an impact on the amount of money Mathews can earn this season. Due to his two-way designation, he was slated to earn $449,155 this year, but should he eclipse that 50-game mark in a Wizards jersey, his salary would bump to $1,445,697—the league minimum for players with one year experience.

With a 14-21 record and sitting at 12th in the Eastern Conference, the Wizards will be looking to Mathews for youth and consistent shooting either as a starter or sixth man down the stretch.