Bulls Claim Former Lakers G David Nwaba

The Chicago Bulls, desperate for talent, have claimed G David Nwaba off waivers. Nwaba was waived by the Lakers to create enough cap space to finalize Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s one-year deal. There was hope that Nwaba would clear waivers, which would’ve allowed the Lakers to pick him back up. Unfortunately, that hope was squashed earlier this evening.

Last season with the Lakers, Nwaba averaged 6 points and 3 rebounds in 20 games with the team. He also played for the D League last year, now known as the G League. Nwaba mentioned last year that it was a dream come true to be apart of his hometown team. The last 48 hours have been a major change in David’s life.

Credit: Gary A. Vasquez – USA Today Sports

Nwaba will now lay his roots down in the Windy City. The Bulls were impressed by David’s athleticism and defensive effort, after he posted Summer League averages of 9.7 ppg, 6 rpg, and 2 apg with the Lakers. A downside of Nwaba’s game, shooting, was evident as he only converted 5/12 free throws in his 3 games in Las Vegas.

Nwaba, an undrafted free agent in 2016 out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, has a good chance to crack the Bulls’ roster. The Bulls are in a complete rebuild, which bodes well for the 2nd-year veteran. The Lakers will likely head into the season with Lonzo Ball, KCP, Josh Hart, and Jordan Clarkson as the guards, with another potential spot up for grabs.


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