List Of Substitute Players Signed For NBA Restart

Our list of players who have opted out of the NBA restart (or who have been replaced after they contracted COVID-19) includes details on the substitute players who have been signed to replace them. However, not every player who has signed a substitute contract this summer is mentioned within that list.

Players who were signed in place of promoted two-way players or who filled empty two-way contract slots are also among those who technically signed “substitute contracts.” While they’re not replacing a specific player, they fall into the same category as those substitute players who have been signed as a result of opt-outs or positive coronavirus tests.

The following details, which don’t apply to players who signed traditional contracts, apply to substitute players:

  • Their contracts (all of which are worth the minimum) don’t count against their teams’ salary caps.
  • They’ll be unrestricted free agents at season’s end, even if they don’t yet have four years of NBA experience.
  • They won’t have any form of Bird rights (including Non-Bird rights) at season’s end.
    • Note: In a case like Jerian Grant‘s, his Bird rights will actually belong to his old team (the Magic) rather than his current team (the Wizards), since Orlando never renounced him.

Essentially, these substitute contracts are just meant to provide teams with enough bodies not to be short-handed in Orlando this summer. Clubs like the Nets that have to sign multiple substitute players won’t benefit from holding the rights to those players after the season and won’t have the opportunity to make them restricted free agents. However, they also won’t face any additional cap penalties by having to sign several substitute players.

Teams can sign substitute players up until the last day of the seeding games in mid-August. Even after that point, clubs can continue to sign substitute players to replace players who test positive for COVID-19, though substitutes signed in the postseason must have between zero and three years of NBA experience.

Listed below are the players who have signed substitute contracts for the summer. We’ll continue to update this list as more deals are finalized.


Brooklyn Nets

Dallas Mavericks

Denver Nuggets

Houston Rockets

Los Angeles Lakers

New Orleans Pelicans

Oklahoma City Thunder

Philadelphia 76ers

Portland Trail Blazers

Washington Wizards

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3 thoughts on “List Of Substitute Players Signed For NBA Restart

  1. ThisGuy

    Say Jerian Grant randomly goes off when the league returns from hiatus.

    Does that mean the Magic could exceed the cap bring him back on a multi-year deal?

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