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Eliminating two-way player rules would be big for JTA, Dubs

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Juan Toscano-Anderson

The Warriors don't have a game Tuesday but the latest buzz around the NBA would be great news for Golden State, especially for Juan Toscano-Anderson. 

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Tuesday the NBA and NBA Players Association are planning to eliminate the 50-game limit for two-way contract players this season, which would allow two-way players to be eligible for the playoffs. Charania reported the plan received "massive support" from executives. 

Toscano-Anderson and second-round draft pick Nico Mannion currently are on two-way deals with the Warriors. While Mannion was recalled from the G League on Monday, Toscano-Anderson has played a key role for the Warriors throughout the season. 

Listed as a shooting guard, Toscano-Anderson has played the two through the five this season for Steve Kerr. The 6-foot-6 Oakland native does a little bit of everything, appearing in 21 games (12 starts) this season. He's averaging 5.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists while playing 20.1 minutes per game. He also is shooting 55.7 percent from the field and an impressive 43.8 percent on 3-pointers. 

While this would be big for Toscano-Anderson and the Warriors, he still of course would like a guaranteed deal from Golden State.

“That's the next step for me, is to get a contract,” Toscano-Anderson said last month. 

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That still could happen this season, but Tuesday's proposal would for sure mean he's part of a Warriors team looking to make noise in the postseason. 

 

The news also would help Mannion, who has played in just six NBA games this season. He has averaged only 1.5 points and 2.0 assists for Golden State but had a strong showing for Santa Cruz in the G League bubble. Mannion averaged 19.3 points and 6.9 assists over nine games with the Sea Dubs, and shot 36.5 percent from deep. 

There's no doubt this news would work in the Warriors' favor, and be a big help to someone who quickly has become a fan-favorite in the Bay Area.

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