After another disappointing loss for the Bucks last night, I’m sure there are a few fans out there who are hoping for roster changes. Well, ask and you shall receive (just don’t think it’s something very significant)! From former BHer Eric Nehm at The Athletic:
The Bucks have waived two-way players Marques Bolden and Lindell Wigginton, per a league source.— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) January 7, 2024
Bolden had been in training camp the past couple seasons with Milwaukee and had previously logged NBA minutes with Cleveland on ten-day and two-way deals amid longer G League stints with their and Utah’s affiliates. This year, the Bucks converted the 25-year-old center’s Exhibit 10 into a two-way deal and he got some run with the Wisconsin Herd, playing sixteen games across the G League’s regular season and Showcase Cup, averaging 13.6 PPG with 6.0 RPG and 1.5 BPG in 24.6 MPG. The Duke alum appeared in just two NBA contests with the Bucks and totaled three minutes, accumulating two rebounds and a foul.
Wigginton has been a staple of the Bucks’ two-way spots in each of the past three seasons, and thus with the Herd as well. In ten games up in Oshkosh (all starts) this season, the 25-year-old point guard has averaged 19.8 PPG and 5.0 APG on .490/.421/.769 shooting. The 6’1” Canadian also only got into three games with the varsity squad this year but recorded six points in his mere eight minutes.
This isn’t very consequential for the Bucks, of course, but some churn at the back end of the roster probably isn’t a bad thing right now. Wigginton seemed pretty redundant given the presence of 2022 first-round pick TyTy Washington in the team’s other two-way spot, who now is the clear third point guard on the roster.
Bolden’s role, however, might have a little more import since he was the closest thing Milwaukee had to a true center not named Lopez. Granted, the rotation minutes at the 5 have gone to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis when Brook sits ever since the latter returned from back surgery. Robin has only gotten into nine games in garbage time, so Bolden was really more of a fifth-string option in the middle. Still, it would behoove the Bucks to find another big with a two-way spot as insurance if any injuries arise among the corps of bigs on the standard roster, for the time being at least.
The guarantee deadline for two-way deals is today, so there’s your logic behind Milwaukee doing this. Bolden and Wigginton would receive a full-season salary for a two-way contract (about $560k) if they remained on the roster after today, but now they’ll just get a prorated portion of that. There is no rush for the Bucks to fill these spots, as the deadline to sign two-way deals is on March 4th.
UPDATE: Apparently the Bucks hosted a veteran free agent workout last Monday in search of two-way players, so it seems writing was on the wall