Grizzlies had eyes on David Nwaba as backup plan to Kyle Anderson
The four year, $37 million offer sheet the Memphis Grizzlies tendered San Antonio Spurs restricted free agent Kyle Anderson proved to be too much for his former team to swallow, but the Grizzlies did have a plan B in case their offer got matched.
RealGM’s Keith Smith reported that the Chicago Bulls’ own restricted free agent, David Nwaba, was their fallback had things didn’t work out with “Slowmo” Anderson.
Hearing that if the Spurs match the Grizzlies offer sheet for Kyle Anderson, Memphis could make a similar offer to Bulls RFA David Nwaba.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 8, 2018
Unlike Anderson, who could play positions three and four (maybe even five) and fills a need in frontcourt depth, the 25-year-old Nwaba is mostly a shooting guard. The guard spot already has a logjam although his blue-collar style would have fit the Grizzlies’ “Grit and Grind” style that they may return to once they have a healthy line-up again and are primed to contend.
However, given that he’s restricted, the Grizzlies would have needed to sign him to a large contract that’s not commensurate with his market value to dissuade the Bulls from matching. However, that’s no longer necessary with Anderson in tow.
The Bulls had just matched the lucrative offer sheet tendered by the Sacramento Kings to Zach LaVine, that leaves the team possibly going frugal in the case of Nwaba who’s nowhere near what the former Slam Dunk champion could bring to the team.