The Bulls claimed Nwaba off waivers Friday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. Undrafted out of Cal Poly in 2016, Nwaba spent most of last season in the D-League before joining the Lakers for the final two months of the season. In 20 appearances, Nwaba averaged 19.9 minutes per game, which he translated to 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds, while shooting 58 percent from the floor. Nwaba had been a member of the Lakers' Las Vegas Summer League entry, but he was waived earlier in the week to create cap room so the team could sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Nwaba was waived by the Lakers on Wednesday. In a relatively surprising move considering the Lakers exercised Nwaba's team option for the upcoming season in late June, the team has now opted to waive Nwaba. The move comes just a day after the signing of shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million deal. Nwaba joined Los Angeles last season after impressing in the D-League, especially on defense. In the NBA, he posted 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds on 58.0 percent shooting across 19.9 minutes per game.
Nwaba's team option for the 2017-18 season was exercised Wednesday by the Lakers. Nwaba was signed by the Lakers during the middle of last season after impressing in the D-League. He's primarily a defensive player, but chipped in 6.0 points and 3.2 boards on 58.0 percent shooting across 19.9 minutes per game during his 20 appearances in the NBA. It seems unlikely at the moment that he'll garner a bigger workload than that next season, making fantasy relevance a stretch for Nwaba.
Nwaba registered 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 28 minutes in a 108-96 win over the Pelicans on Tuesday. With the D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders losing their first-round playoff series to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Nwaba will be with the parent club the rest of the way. He profiles as the Lakers' top perimeter defender and has provided a surprising scoring spark off the bench since joining the team, as Tuesday marked the fourth time he hit double figures in points. Expect him to take on another 25-plus-minute role in Wednesday's season finale against the Warriors.
Nwaba will be on a minutes restriction during Sunday's game against the Timberwolves, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports. Nwaba, who unexpectedly didn't see the floor during Friday's tilt against the Kings, will be available to play during Sunday's tilt, albeit on a minutes restriction. Considering his DNP-CD from Friday's game and the news of a minutes restriction, Nwaba can probably be avoided safely in DFS.
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