On Friday, the Cleveland Cavaliers formally announced that they have signed Emoni Bates, Isaiah Mobley, and Craig Porter Jr. all to two-way contracts. This is the first NBA season to allow teams to sign three two-way contracts, as last year, two was the maximum amount of two-way players allowed.
Mobley and Porter were both announced to have signed two-way contracts back in late June. However, Bates was not a reported two-way signing yet, and some people were seemingly speculating on whether Bates could get a standard NBA contract, or if he would also receive a two-way contract like Mobley and Porter did.
All of these players are really solid, and each could get time to play with both the Cleveland Charge, and also get a bit of playing time for the Cavaliers, as well. The three players are also playing for the Cavaliers Summer League squad, which are still meaningful reps for them.
Cleveland has been known to offer two-way players standard contracts that were original two-way guys. Look at Dean Wade and Lamar Stevens, both of whom were undrafted. Also, Sam Merrill got a 10-day contract from Cleveland, and is now a member of the regular roster.
If any of these three players (in Mobley, Porter and Bates) play really well, it wouldn’t be surprising to see one of them get a standard deal.
All three signings were sensible additions via two-way deals for Cleveland, and they can all be successful players.
With that in mind, let’s look at each of these three players individually and rank them.
We’ll start things off next with a contributor who can make things happen on both ends.