Report: NBA Allowing Teams to Sign Players
The news came out today answering the question if teams will be able to make moves before the season resumes. This report was broken from ESPN’s Adrain Wojnarowski, it stated that starting June 22nd teams will have about two weeks to make additions to their roster.
Teams are restricted to signing eligible free agents and converting two-way contracts into full NBA deals. Although only 22 teams are making the trip to Orlando, all 30 teams can take advantage of this window to sign players.
This opportunity gives the Sixers a chance to spice up their roster with a player they have had stashed away for a large majority of this season. Earlier this season the team converted two-way player Norvel Pelle’s contract, but there is still another player they could convert if they wanted.
Marial Shayok was a standout player in his rookie campaign in the G-League. He finished the year averaging 23.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.8 APG and shot a respectable 35.6% from deep. He finished third in the entire G-League in scoring and could see himself as a potential candidate for G-League MVP.
Although he was a standout talent down in Delaware, Shayok saw little time on an NBA floor this season. He appeared in only two games and scored just three points in a little over ten minutes on court in those games.
With a bench full of wing players it is very unlikely that the Sixers do indeed convert Shayok’s contract for this season, but it is an interesting idea. Even if they don’t plan to play him in any games it could be good exposure for him.
Allowing him the time in and around the team could benefit him greatly as the team looks to turn him into a rotation piece moving forward. Time in practice and on the sidelines will also give him time to learn and adapt to the NBA game. Short-term the Sixers wouldn’t be gaining much with this move, but there are long-term positives if they decided to give Shayok an NBA deal.