A: As part of a world where it is possible, even in quarantine, that teams could lose players to COVID-19 for significant amounts of time during a resumption of NBA play, the concern is how to be prepared for such an eventuality. When the question was presented to general managers, the overwhelming response, according to results that came out, was to allow players on two-way contracts to be playoff eligible. That would require a change in the current rules, which limit two-way players to regular-season games only. Plus, by rule, it also is too late for teams to sign or swap out their two-way players. Plus, some teams have two-way players who are injured or are overcoming injuries, as is the case with the Heat’s Kyle Alexander, with such players signed more with the long view in mind. Ultimately, with most playoff teams carrying 15 players under standard contract, that should be enough in a sport where only five play at a time. But with it unlikely a player would be added from outside the “bubble” if play is resumed, it will be interesting to see if the NBA opts to allow additional players into the mix, to be added to rosters, if necessary. This, of course, is all new, with no guarantee of were this is headed until the NBA Board of Governors finalizes its plan, which is expected to be the result of Thursday’s meeting.
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