Lindell Wigginton becomes 1st Canadian CEBLer to sign NBA contract

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Canada’s Lindell Wigginton signed a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, making him the first former Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) player to sign an NBA contract for a full season.

He also becomes the first Canadian to move from the CEBL to the NBA.

Four players had already signed 10-day contracts this season, including CEBL’s triple MVP Xavier Moon.

But Wigginton of Dartmouth, NS, is expected to be with the defending NBA champions for the remainder of the season.

“This is an important story for our league, and we could not be more proud. It faithfully reflects the opportunities that a national league can create in this country,” said CEBL commissioner Mike Morreale.

Wigginton was named the best Canadian for the 2021 CEBL season and was also nominated for player of the year. The 23-year-old guard averaged 21.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game for the Honey Badgers.

He’s also recorded 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists in almost 31 minutes per game in 17 games this season with Bucks G-League affiliate Wisconsin Herd.

He could make his NBA debut as early as Thursday night when the Bucks host the Golden State Warriors.

In addition to Wigginton and Moon, Niagara River Lions’ Javin DeLaurier (Bucks) and Xavier Sneed (Memphis Grizzlies), as well as Guelph Nighthawks guard Cat Barber (Atlanta Hawks) have landed in the NBA this season.

Moon is currently playing his second 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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