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NBA G League 101: Affiliate Players

Mac McClung joined the Osceola Magic as an Affiliate Player for the 2023-24 NBA G League season after signing an Exhibit 10 deal with the Orland Magic during training camp but missing out on a final NBA roster spot. (NBAE/Getty Images)

From September to October, NBA teams trim their rosters from a maximum of 20 players invited to training camp to 15 on opening night. The “affiliate player rule” allows them to retain up to four of the players that they waive, while an additional three roster spots are now available for Two-Way Contracts.

Players designated by an NBA team as affiliate players are automatically allocated to that team’s NBA G League affiliate if they choose to sign an NBA G League contract. Affiliate players remain free agents available for any of the 30 NBA teams to sign.