The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a two-way contract with Ish Wainright according to Shams Charania.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 3, 2022
The 27-year-old was a rookie last season for the Phoenix Suns, appearing in 47 games for the team. He averaged 2.7 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in those contests, including a 20-point outburst against the Clippers.
NBA rules only allow players to be on a two-way contract with the same team twice. If Phoenix were to keep Wainright past this season, it would have to be on a standard contract.
There’s always the chance that they could convert his contract during the season if a roster spot opens up via a trade (cough cough, KD).
Phoenix just signed Duane Washington Jr. to a two-way contract yesterday, so Wainright joins him as their second and last two-way player entering the season. Each of those players has NBA experience and should provide the Suns with some flexibility and roster versatility as a safety net throughout the season.
Ish played for Phoenix’s Summer League team last month, averaging 11.0 points, and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 41.4% from 3-point range on 5.8 attempts in five games played.
Our own John Voita broke down Wainright’s Summer League along with his potential long-term fit in Phoenix here: After a good Summer League, What’s next for Ish Wainright?
It’s been a long road, but it looks like Ish has found himself a home in Phoenix.
Welcome back, Ish.