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David Nwaba signs two-year deal with Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Nets are signing 26-year-old shooting guard David Nwaba to a two-year contract, The Athletic’s Mike Scotto reported on Sunday.

Nwaba, a 6-foot-4 swingman, last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers after one-year stints with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls. He averaged 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 19.3 minutes per game, 51 appearances, and 14 starts last season. Additionally, he shot 48.1% from the field, 32% from 3-point range, and 68.2% from the free throw line.

Nwaba, undrafted in 2016, is known as a high-flying and aggressive player, focusing his high intensity on the defensive end.

The Nets are looking to bring in Nwaba as a depth piece after signing marquee names and All-Stars Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan. Brooklyn also signed shooting guard Garrett Temple and has Caris LeVert slotted as the starting 2 guard. LeVert had an excellent breakout junior season with the Nets, averaging a career-best 13.7 points before he missed a large chunk of the season due to an injury to his right leg.

Brooklyn has acquired forward Taurean Prince in the Allen Crabbe trade with the Atlanta Hawks and traded All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell in the sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors.

Nwaba spent three collegiate seasons playing in the Big West for the California Polytechnic State University Mustangs before declaring for the draft in 2016. He’s not much of a 3-point shooter, but Nwaba can be an off-the-bench player for Brooklyn and lockdown defender when called upon.