NBA Rumor: David Nwaba Free Agency

56 rumors in this storyline

More Rumors in this Storyline

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.

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.”

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.”
More HoopsHype Rumors
June 25, 2022 | 8:58 pm EDT Update
“Listen we still run that franchise [Magic]. If they wanna sell it to us, DeVos family, we’re ready to go right now,” O’Neal said on The Big Podcast. “This message go out to the DeVos family, if you’re ready to sell Orlando Magic, sell it to somebody who’s gonna take it to the next level, that’s us. D[ennis] Scott and then, D Scott can pick everybody else. Smart people combined with common sense people and people that’s been there before, you can’t go wrong.”