The Portland Trail Blazers are promoting Skylar Mays, who was previously on a two-way contract, to a regular NBA contract, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Last month, the Portland Trail Blazers inked a two-way contract with guard Skylar Mays. At the age of 26, Mays had a brief stint with the Blazers in the latter part of the previous season, featuring in all six games as a starter.
During this time, he posted impressive stats, averaging 15.3 points and 8.3 assists while maintaining a shooting accuracy of 50% from the field and 46.2% from beyond the arc.
Originally drafted in the second round in 2020, Mays spent his initial two seasons playing 61 games with the Atlanta Hawks before transitioning to the G League last season.
In the absence of Malcolm Brogdon, Skylar Mays stepped up with an impressive performance in Wednesday’s overtime loss to the Kings, scoring 18 points while shooting 8-15 from the field, although he missed his two three-point attempts.
He also contributed with two rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals during his 37 minutes on the court.
Mays effectively demonstrated the depth in the Trail Blazers’ backcourt, seamlessly filling the void left by Brogdon’s hamstring injury during the game.
While his role may become more limited when Malcolm Brogdon is back in action, Mays still has the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the team.
Crucially, the Blazers currently have an available roster spot, eliminating the need to release any players to upgrade Skylar Mays from a two-way contract to a standard NBA contract.
Given the team’s backcourt injuries, this move makes perfect sense, as it removes the limitation of Mays being restricted to only 50 games on a two-way deal.