3 Players Making The Most Of Hardship Opportunities

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The 2021-22 NBA season has been crazy for all the wrong reasons. With COVID-19 continuing to affect our world, the league has had to make some major adjustments due to many players being placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. 

Basically, the NBA and NBPA came together to allow “replacement players” for every single team in the league to fill-in for the players who enter health and safety protocols. More than 100 different players have entered health protocols this month alone and as a result, plenty of teams have been using hardship exemptions to sign extra players to their roster. 

These hardship exemptions are temporary roster spots that allow teams to exceed the 15-play maximum roster size when at least four players are injured or sick for longer than two weeks. 

Due to the extenuating circumstances this season and players being in and out due to COVID protocols, teams have basically had free agency 2.0 trying to sign the best replacement players they can. 

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Well-known players like Isaiah Thomas, Lance Stephenson and Joe Johnson were some to sign with teams on one of these 10-day contracts, but a lot of young players and G-League players have been given chances to prove themselves at the NBA-level. 

So who are some of these guys and which players have been making a name for themselves on these 10-day hardship deals? Let’s take a look at three players making the most of their hardship opportunities over the last few weeks. 

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