Fresh off signing Naz Mitrou-Long to a two-way contract in mid-July, the Jazz found their second two-way player in former Atlanta forward Tyler Cavanaugh.
Cavanaugh was signed to a two-way contract on Wednesday that will see him split time with the Jazz and the G-League Salt Lake City Stars. The 6-foot-9, 239-pound forward played 39 games with the Hawks in the 2017-18 season, taking advantage of a shallow big man rotation to average 4.7 points in 13 minutes per contest.
Ankle injuries prevented Cavanaugh from playing for much of the 2017-18 season, but the Hawks' big man needs led to his contract being guaranteed for the entirety of the season. Atlanta chose to waive Cavanaugh before the draft lottery in order to avoid paying him $450K he would have been guaranteed if they kept him beyond that date.
The 24-year old Cavanaugh is a stretch big who took 58 percent of his shots from beyond the 3-point arc last season, making 36 percent of his attempts. In college, he enrolled at Wake Forest before transferring to George Washington as a junior, averaging 17.5 points per game at his time there. The Jazz worked Cavanuagh out early in the pre-draft process in 2017.
NBA two-way contracts were established in 2017 as a mechanism for franchises to sign players who are able to move up and down from the NBA and the G-League. Teams are allowed to have two two-way players at a time beyond the 15-man roster limit. Two-way players can spend a maximum of 45 days on the NBA roster before they must be given a standard contract or released. While the player is with the NBA squad, he makes a prorated minimum NBA salary, and receives a prorated salary of $77,250 for each day he is in the G-League.