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Bobby Marks: Brooklyn has officially waived David Nwaba. He will clear waivers on Jan. 5 at 5PM EST. Important to note that Nwaba can be claimed and aggregated with additional salary before the Feb. 6 deadline. The claiming restriction applies for 30-days.
The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on guard/forward David Nwaba. Nwaba appeared in 20 games for Brooklyn this season, recording averages of 5.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per contest. He signed with the Nets on July 17, 2019.
Bobby Marks: The David Nwaba contract in Brooklyn is for: $1.7M and $1.8M (veteran minimum for both years). The second year has a July 7 trigger date. The guaranteed date gives Brooklyn flexibility compared to putting a 6/29 option date. The roster in BKN is now at 15 guaranteed contracts.
Shams Charania: Free agent guard David Nwaba has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
A 15th player under the Cavs’ control is David Nwaba, who could be a restricted free agent. Nwaba was limited to 51 games last season and averaged 6.5 points. A league source said the Cavs were likely to “do David a favor,” which probably means they intend to allow him to become an unrestricted free agent. The most likely scenario for Cleveland to fill those two roster spots is with players on minimum contracts. For a team like the Cavs, which is unlikely to make the playoffs, going into the luxury tax is unnecessary and unwise, which is why using one of their four trade exceptions (including the $3.5 million exception created in the Rodney Hood trade in February) or any significant portion of the $8.5 million midlevel exception seems unlikely.
Assuming they don’t trade Love, the Cavs’ core for the foreseeable future is him, Sexton, Cedi Osman (averaged 13 points in his first year as a starter; his improvement this year was another bright spot), Nance, possibly Ante Zizic (club option for 2020-21) and whomever they draft in June. Thompson and Clarkson, of course, are vets who will play huge roles, so long as they’re here. Another to keep your eye on is David Nwaba, who will be a restricted free agent this summer. He wants to be in Cleveland, and it would make sense for the Cavs to give him a multiyear contract if the price is right, which it could be. Nwaba played only 51 games because of injury.
Prior to playing in his final game of the regular season -- and perhaps the last with the Cleveland Cavaliers -- David Nwaba said he would like to Cleveland return next year. “I haven’t heard anything yet,” Nwaba told cleveland.com. “Hopefully everything works out where I’m back here. I don’t know what their plans are, but I want to come back.”
David Nwaba admits this was a stressful summer. After initially believing he had finally found his home in Chicago, he thinks things worked out even better, landing in a place that's a "perfect fit" for him. "Thought I was going to stay there for years to come," Nwaba said when asked about his feelings toward the Bulls. "But it's a business. It all worked out, ended up still living the dream of playing in the NBA. Think this is a good opportunity here and just moved past it."
Former Los Angeles teammate Larry Nance Jr. put in a good word for Nwaba. But it wasn't necessary. The Cavs' front office showed interest in Nwaba early in free agency and recruited him hard after the Bulls reversed course. After meeting with Nwaba in Las Vegas at the end of July, the Cavs got an agreement from him, edging out the Indiana Pacers, who also showed interest. "Indiana wanted me for two years, but Cleveland seemed like a better fit," Nwaba said. "Young guys as well as veterans on this team so I thought it was a perfect fit and knew I was going to get my opportunity here."
Cleveland was hoping to lock him in to a long-term deal -- three or four years would've been nice from their perspective. Only Nwaba -- after averaging 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23.5 minutes with the Bulls -- wasn't looking for that kind of commitment. "I thought I should prove myself before taking any offer long term," Nwaba said. "I chose the one year and bet on myself."
The Cavs and Nwaba agreed to join forces on August 1, but it was a peculiar set of circumstances. Why? Nwaba picked Cleveland without agreement on the length or value of the contract. Nwaba signed with the Cavs Saturday and the team announced the signing. The 6-4 guard is 25. He averaged 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Bulls last season, and has played parts of two years with Chicago and the Lakers.
Nwaba and the Cavaliers are still working on the final details of the deal, league sources said. The Cavaliers have remained in touch with Nwaba since the first day of free agency, recruited him over the past month and met with the 6-foot-4 swingman last week in Las Vegas, sources said.
Shams Charania: Free agent David Nwaba has come to terms with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell Yahoo. Both sides are still working on final details of deal.
League sources told cleveland.com that the Cavs have spoken with Bulls free agent David Nwaba. Nwaba has interest in the Cavs, one of the sources said.
For Bartelstein and Parker, a $20 million guarantee after the past injuries and an uneven final season with Milwaukee is the best possible outcome to the choppy waters of restricted free agency. Now, Chicago needs to renounce Noah Vonleh, David Nwaba and waive Paul Zipser and Julyan Stone to create the $20M in salary cap space needed to sign Parker.
Kevin O'Connor: Intriguing move by the Bulls to rescind David Nwaba. I've heard their plan is to free space to absorb money (like Faried or Deng), then re-sign Nwaba using the Room MLE. They can create up to $20.6M. But I wonder if they could first try to sign a RFA (like Jabari Parker). @ringer
Shams Charania: Sources: The Chicago Bulls have rescinded the qualifying offer on guard David Nwaba, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Michael Scotto: The Chicago Bulls are open to sign-and-trade offers involving restricted free agent David Nwaba, league sources told The Athletic. Nwaba and the Bulls are currently at a stalemate in negotiations. He's received interest from several teams.
The Bulls absolutely want to re-sign LaVine and Nwaba — and on multiyear deals. But management also wants to do so on deals that make fiscal sense long term. It’s believed the Bulls’ preferred annual salary for LaVine is in the $14 million-$16 million range.
Shams Charania: Sources: Chicago has extended the qualifying offer to guard David Nwaba, making him a restricted free agent.
Shams Charania: As free agency approaches, Bulls' David Nwaba has signed with agent Charles Briscoe. Nwaba is expected to be a potential RFA target for teams after strong season in Chicago.
The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on guard David Nwaba, it was announced today.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard David Nwaba to a multi-year contract, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
“We have been impressed by David’s focus and determination, especially on defense,” said Pelinka. “He has a mentality about him that is infectious, and he works hard every day to improve himself. He has brought energy to both our Lakers and D-Fenders games, and has certainly earned his spot on the roster.”
Glushon Sports Management has signed free-agent NBA guard Greivis Vásquez and Los Angeles Lakers guard David Nwaba. Jason Glushon is representing the players. Vásquez was formerly represented by Octagon, and Nwaba was previously without representation.
David Nwaba, who signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers last week, was encouraged by Walton's recent compliments. But when the Lakers mull whether to grant Nwaba a second 10-day contract on Friday, the variables go beyond Walton liking Nwaba’s defense. “We want to look at a couple of people before the season ends,” Walton said. “Some of them aren’t available right now. (Nwaba’s) been good. But we have to decide if we want to wait or look at someone else.”
“Sometimes guys don’t really believe in me. It’s your job to prove them wrong,” Nwaba said. “I can do more. I have high expectations for myself. Getting to those expectations is the ultimate goal.”
Chris Reichert: The Los Angeles Lakers have officially signed David Nwaba from the D-Fenders to 10-day deal. He's the 31st D-League call up this year
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Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said Monday he has been playing All-Star Ben Simmons “exclusively” at power forward in practices inside the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World Resort and has been thrilled by what he’s seen. “He’s so dynamic,” Brown said on a conference call with reporters. “Let’s just talk about running. There’s nobody faster in the NBA. So to always have the ball and dribble it up against five guys … to do that dilutes some of his potent weapons. “So, watching him fly up the floor, watching him and Joel [Embiid] play off each other, has been a really good look. I think they’ve been fantastic together.”
Gratitude to be working during a time when he said “there’s not a lot of hope.” Gratitude for the opportunity to again inspire, playing the game he loves. Gratitude for his basketball career breathing another life. Gratitude for the opportunity to compete for a championship with the team that, just under three weeks away from the restart, owns the third-best record (44-20) and title odds in the league. “I feel really blessed to be in this situation. In September, I had a freak accident and cut my achilles,” Noah said, referencing an incident in which he sliced his achilles — crucially, not rupturing it — while carrying a steel ice tub, which required six-plus months of rehab. “And you know I told myself that’s just not how I wanted to end my career. So the day after the surgery I was in the gym working out, with the hope of making this team.”
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Harris remains saddened by the loss of Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January. “We talked different times over the years, but he was focused mainly at first just on him and what he could do to be the best. And for a while, he wasn’t the best teammate because he was, you know, in it to be the best. And he didn’t have patience for other players who couldn’t do what he could do. But he developed maturity later in his career. And he became such a man and did things for others,” said Harris. “And the shame of it all is that, at age 41, he was going to make an impact for years. He had a program all set up. But it’s a shame that he wasn’t able to continue on for another 20, 30 years and show just what kind of a man he turned out to be.”

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