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.”
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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.”
Shams Charania: David Nwaba signed his agreement with the Cavaliers today — a one-year deal, league sources said.
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.
David Aldridge: No surprise: several teams have reached out to @dnwaba0, whose qualifying offer was rescinded by Chicago Thursday, making him an unrestricted free agent. Spurs, Lakers among many, per source, with no frontrunner. Bulls still could re-sign him as well.
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.
Vincent Goodwill: The Bulls have officially sent qualifying offers to Zach LaVine in addition to David Nwaba and Ryan Arcidiacono, making them restricted free agents
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.
Shams Charania: The Chicago Bulls have claimed Lakers free agent David Nwaba off waivers, league sources tell The Vertical.
The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on guard David Nwaba, it was announced today.
The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their team option for the 2017-18 season on David Nwaba, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka.
Mark Medina: A lot of work for David Nwaba awaits, but he says he’s “ahead of schedule” with Lakers signing him bit.ly/2plWMfe
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.”
Shams Charania: The Los Angeles Lakers and guard David Nwaba are finalizing a two-year deal, league sources tell @The Vertical. Team option for next season.
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.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard David Nwaba to a second 10-day contract, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka.
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.”
Mark Medina: Luke Walton likes @dnwaba0’s play thus far. No decision made if Lakers will give him another 10-day, but Luke said he’s earned it
Adam Johnson: Lakers make David Nwaba call-up official. He is the 24th call-up in D-Fenders history.
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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February 23, 2019 | 8:52 pm EST Update
Karl-Anthony Towns remains in concussion protocol and will not play for Minnesota against Milwaukee, a night after missing a game for the first time in his career. The All-Star forward was in a car accident Thursday and didn’t play Friday in New York, ending his streak of 303 consecutive games started. He traveled with the Timberwolves for the game in Milwaukee on Saturday, rather than return to Minnesota, but hadn’t been cleared to play again.
Being unable to play has troubled Towns, coach Ryan Saunders said. “People asked me if he cared about his [consecutive games] streak,” Saunders said. “He hasn’t and didn’t mention one thing along those lines. It was all about being there for his teammates and contributing. He even had somebody run out and make sure he could get a sport coat so he was dressed properly on the bench so he could be there with his teammates. That says a lot about Karl.”
Jason Anderson: Worth noting: Joerger said his exchange with Hield “wasn’t about shot selection,” but it WAS about Hield not running the play he called. Kind of a distinction without a difference. Anyway, the words you all probably want to hear Joerger say about Buddy: “I love him to death.”