Non-Playoff Teams Granted Permission to Use “Transaction Window”
Although only 22 teams are set to travel down to Orlando at the end of July, the league will allow all 30 teams to utilize the “transaction window” beginning on or around June 22nd.
All 30 teams will have permission to convert two-way players into NBA contracts as well as sign eligible free agents for the remainder of the season. With the fear of COVID-19 or serious injury, general managers are hopeful of receiving as much roster flexibility as possible upon restarting play.
If a player is to test positive for the coronavirus, the will be quarantined from their team and will be held out of action until they test negative to two tests.
As in similar circumstances, teams will be limited to bringing only 15 players to Orlando, but will be required to remain vary of how signing free agents works. Free agents will be required to go through a 10-day quarantine period upon being signed and brought into the complex. With that in mind, teams may opt to replace injured players prior to entering the bubble city and wait out contaminations or injuries in-season as it would take nearly two weeks for free agents to join teams once play resumes.
There is still plenty of unknown, but the NBA will look to make the transition as seamless as possible while attempting to protect all players and staff to the best of their abilities.