Lakers, Spurs could make run for renounced David Nwaba
The Chicago Bulls recently renounced the rights to shooting guard David Nwaba, making him an unrestricted free agent. This has caught the attention of several NBA teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge.
While there is no clear frontrunner, the Bulls could still re-sign him, but likely prefer to stay out of a bidding war after matching the Sacramento Kings’ offer sheet for Zach LaVine for a hefty $78 million over four years.
Nwaba is a capable scorer with solid rebounding skills who has thrived during his few spot starts during the regular season.
The Cal Poly product started his career with the Lakers in 2016-17 as an undrafted rookie and quickly got the attention of the Bulls, who gave him 21 starts over 70 appearances last season, making up for the absences of LaVine and Justin Holiday due to injury at the shooting guard position.
Nwaba has the athletic stuff down pat as a thriving finisher at the basket, but his shooting is still suspect, making only 34.6 percent of his shots from deep (shot an average of 0.6 per game) and 65.5 percent from the foul line. Yet his rebounding prowess is excellent for a player at his size, posting 4.7 rebounds in only 23.5 minutes per game last season.
Both Lakers and Spurs are looking to re-assemble their bench after some of their restricted free agents left town, making Nwaba a potentially welcome addition.