Mar 22, 2019; Tulsa, OK, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Lindell Wigginton (5) shoots against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports
Lindell Wigginton is one step closer to making his NBA dreams a reality.
After spending most of the last two and a half years playing in the NBA G-League, the former Cyclone inked a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. The Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, native has played this season as a member of the Bucks’ G-League team, the Wisconsin Herd, after two seasons with the Iowa Wolves.
A two-way contract allows Wigginton to fluctuate between the NBA team and the franchise’s G-League squad and can spend up to 50 days with the NBA club. A two-way contract is generally worth a minimum of $90,000 but can net a player up to roughly $450,000 if they spend the maximum number of days with the NBA team.
Wigginton will have a solid shot of being called up to the big club at some point considering the constant movement of players in the league going in and out of COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Through three games this year, the 23-year old is averaging 18.3 points, 7.3 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game. He’s appeared in 60 games during his G-League career, starting 21 of them, while averaging 15.9 points, 4.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds.
In two seasons at Iowa State from 2017-19, Wigginton averaged 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 56 games. He was named to the Big 12’s All-Freshman team following the 2017-18 season then earned the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award and All-Big 12 Tournament team honors in 2018-19 as a member of Iowa State’s Big 12 Tournament title team.
Following the 2018-19 season, Wigginton declared for the NBA Draft but was not selected. He spent time with the Toronto Raptors NBA Summer League team before signing an Exhibit 10 contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, which is how he ultimately landed with the Iowa Wolves.
Wigginton has also spent time playing professionally in New Zealand and Canada.