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NBA planning to eliminate two-way contract restrictions for rest of season

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It looks like Juan Toscano-Anderson has a path for the postseason roster.

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It looks like the Golden State Warriors finally found a solution to their Juan Toscano-Anderson problem, and they didn’t even have to do anything. According to a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the NBA is planning to lift restrictions for two-way contracts for the remainder of the season, pending approval from the board.

Removing the restrictions means that players on two-way contracts (Toscano-Anderson and Nico Mannion for the Warriors) would no longer be limited to 50 games and, more importantly, would be eligible to join the postseason roster.

That’s huge in the case of Toscano-Anderson, who has carved out a valuable role on the team. Fans have been weary of entering the postseason without Toscano-Anderson, and coach Steve Kerr himself has made the case for finding a way to get the Oakland native onto a guaranteed contract.

But with Mychal Mulder’s contract guaranteeing last week, the Warriors don’t have any easy path towards promoting Toscano-Anderson. The most likely scenario seemed to be that the team would wait until the last week of the season, and then possibly cut Marquese Chriss or Alen Smailagić to make room for Toscano-Anderson.

Now they don’t have to. Assuming the measure passes the board, the Warriors can keep Toscano-Anderson active for every game, including the ones in the playoffs.

That will be vital if the Dubs suffer an injury to Kevon Looney or James Wiseman. Toscano-Anderson has fallen out of the rotation a bit since the team returned to full health, but was a critical part of the team’s success when they were forced to play small in the absence of their centers.