One of the best to ever don the purple and white for Northwestern men’s basketball just made it a step closer toward reaching the highest level of professional basketball.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped an NU-related bomb on Saturday afternoon, reporting that Law had signed a two-way deal with the Magic after some impressive performances in the G League so far this season.
Forward Vic Law — an undrafted rookie out of Northwestern — is signing a two-way deal with Orlando, his agent @KB_Sports tells ESPN. Law earned the deal with a strong season for Magic’s G League affiliate in Lakeland.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 11, 2020
The two-way contract was introduced to the NBA for the 2017-18 season, and all it means is that Law’s salary can be flexed depending on whether he’s playing in the NBA or G-League. NBA teams can sign up to two two-way players per season.
A radio analyst from ESPN Orlando made the move sound imminent as the Magic sensed other teams would come calling for Law if Orlando didn’t act quickly.
Magic sign Vic Law to a 2 way contract. Had hear Magic were nervous of losing Law to a 10-day contract elsewhere. He’s been very good with Lakeland this year. https://t.co/nvUvETtTde— Nicky Football (@ESPN580Nick) January 11, 2020
Law has been killing it for the Lakeland Magic in the G-League, averaging 18.0 points per game in 21 starts this season. He’s also averaging nearly nine rebounds per game while shooting an impressive 49.8 percent from the field and 39.4 from three. The move caps a remarkable day for the former Northwestern forward, who started the weekend with a buzzer-beating game-winning floater, and will end it with a spot on an NBA roster.
The last former Wildcat to play at the sport’s highest level was Reggie Hearn, when the ex-NU walk-on and current G-Leaguer made multiple appearances with the Detroit Pistons in 2018. Hearn had been the first Northwestern player in the league in nearly 15 years, and no ex-Wildcat has been drafted into the NBA since Evan Eschmeyer in 1999.
After his impressive stint in development, Law has a chance to make history sooner than even his most ardent fans may have thought possible. We are all Magic fans now.