The NBA has made another adjustment, albeit a minor one, to its rules on hardship contract exceptions, as relayed by Bobby Marks of ESPN.
According to the new rule, replacement players can be put on the inactive list after a regular member of the roster exits health and safety protocols.
“This would allow the team to avoid signing another hardship player if another positive case arises with a different player,” Marks wrote.
Previously, players on hardship contracts had to be released once a player exited protocols.
“This gives a team protection (financially and basketball) if more positive cases surface,” Marks added.
A record number of early-season free agent signings and G League call-ups have already taken place as the league deals with an outbreak of inconclusive and positive tests.