Nwaba compiled 18 points (7-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 23 minutes during Friday's 137-89 preseason victory over Franca.
Nwaba brought the energy Friday, putting together a nice outing in his preseason debut for the Nets. He has flashed a somewhat fantasy-friendly game during short periods of his career but is yet to find himself a consistent role. It is unlikely that it is going to come this season despite this nice performance. He could be an every night part of the rotation but would likely need an injury to catapult him into standard league consideration.
Nwaba agreed to a two-year contract with the Nets, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Nwaba played 51 games for the Cavaliers last season, recording 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 19.3 minutes per game. He'll provide Brooklyn some added bench depth as a capable defender and rebounder.
Nwaba will not be extended a qualifying offer by the Cavaliers, making him an unrestricted free agent, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
Nwaba has shown promise as a defender and solid rebounder for his position. Between Chicago and Cleveland, he's started 35 games across the past two seasons. He may garner interest from teams as a rotational bench option.
Nwaba collected 13 points (5-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds and three assists over 23 minutes Friday night against Golden State.
Nwaba converted on 71.4 percent of his field goals in a 120-114 loss at Oracle Arena. His production was somewhat surprising, as he'd been held to just 16 total points over his previous three matchups heading into Friday's clash. Nwaba should see plenty of opportunities in the final two matchups of the regular season.
Nwaba will start Saturday's game against the Clippers, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
Kevin Love (shoulder) is out, so coach Larry Drew will give Nwaba the nod. In 13 prior starts this season, he's averaging 7.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 26.3 minutes.
Nwaba totaled 11 points (5-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt), three rebounds and one steal across 19 minutes in the Cavaliers' 116-110 loss to the Spurs on Thursday.
Nwaba continues to see a steady diet of minutes in the high teens on the majority of nights and offer serviceable contributions in scoring and rebounding relative to playing time. The second-year wing typically deals in high-percentage shots and is also an effective defender, but the overall minutes cap he's usually subject to when on the second unit limits his fantasy viability.
Updating a previous report, Nwaba will start Monday's game against Detroit, Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders reports.
It was initially reported that Marquese Chriss would get the nod in place of Kevin Love, but the Cavs will, in fact, go with Nwaba, who started the last game Love missed.
Nwaba will start Tuesday's game against the 76ers, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
With Larry Nance, Tristan Thompson, Marquese Chriss and Kevin Love out, the Cavs will have little choice but to go small up front, so Nwaba will get the nod at power forward, with Ivica Zubac at center.
Nwaba contributed 22 points (9-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), one rebound, one assist, and one steal in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 113-107 loss to the Nets.
Nwaba finished with a career high in scoring while matching his career high in made threes. This is just the sixth time through 34 appearances this season that Nwaba has reached double figures in scoring, and the first time since Feb. 8. However, he has earned at least 20 minutes in each of the last three games. Overall, Nwaba usually offers limited production and remains best reserved for use in deeper leagues.
Nwaba will shift to a bench role for Thursday's game against the Suns, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Nwaba has struggled during his previous five matchups, posting averages of 8.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists during that stretch. Brandon Knight will make his third straight start at shooting guard and Cedi Osman will take over at small forward.
Nwaba will be on a minutes restriction Saturday against the Pacers, Jim Ayello of USA Today Sports reports.
On the second half of a back-to-back set, coach Larry Drew will opt to limit Nwaba's workload. A specific limit hasn't been announced, but Nwaba saw 29 minutes during Friday's contest.
Nwaba produced eight points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes Tuesday in the Cavaliers' 103-96 loss to the Celtics.
In his second game back from more than a month-long absence due to an ankle injury, Nwaba moved into the starting five at power forward. Undersized at the position at 6-foot-4, Nwaba was perhaps unsurprisingly overmatched against his counterpart, the 6-foot-8 Jayson Tatum (25 points, seven boards in 34 minutes). With the Cavaliers perhaps getting one or both of Kevin Love (toe) or Cedi Osman (ankle) back for Friday's game in Washington, Nwaba could move back to his more natural wing position, though it might come with a downturn in playing time.
Nwaba will start Tuesday's game against the Celtics, Spencer Davies of BBallInsiders reports.
Due to a myriad of absences, Nwaba will draw a start Tuesday. The matchup marks his second game back from an 18-game absence, and it's his first start since Dec. 21 against the Raptors. In six previous starts, Nwaba is averaging 5.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal across 22.7 minutes while shooting 30.8 percent from the field.
Nwaba totaled 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist and a steal over 15 minutes in the Cavaliers' loss to the Mavericks on Saturday.
Nwaba took the court for the first time since Dec. 23 and as expected, he was on a minutes restriction. His minutes are bound to rise, and he makes a fine speculative add in most formats.
Nwaba (ankle) will be available on a minutes restriction for Saturday's contest against the Mavericks, Spencer Davies of BBallInsidersSpencer reports.
A sprained left ankle has prevented Nwaba from playing since the day after Christmas, but he's recovered enough to take the floor Saturday. If he does end up being sent into the game, he's expected to have his minutes monitored.
Nwaba (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game against Dallas.
Nwaba has been on the shelf for 18 straight games due to a left ankle sprain, although his return appears to be on the horizon. Even if he is cleared to play Saturday, his playing time figures to be monitored closely.
Nwaba (ankle) participated in practice again Friday but has no timetable for a return, Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders reports.
While practicing in back-to-back days is certainly encouraging for Nwaba, it appears he is still a ways away from returning to game action. Nwaba has been sidelined with a sprained left ankle for a little over a month now.
Nwaba (ankle) practiced Thursday, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
A sprained left ankle has kept Nwaba on the sidelines since the day after Christmas, though it seems he's close to a return. In 21 games for the Cavs this season, Nwaba has averaged 6.0 points and 2.8 rebounds with a 51.7 true shooting percentage. He should tentatively be considered questionable for Saturday's matchup against the Mavericks.
Nwaba (ankle) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Wizards.
Unsurprisingly, Nwaba will be unavailable for the 18th straight game while he continues to make limited progress in his recovery from the sprained left ankle. After Tuesday, the Cavaliers will have an extended break before returning to action Saturday against the Mavericks, but there's been no indication from the team that Nwaba will be ready to go for that game.
Nwaba (ankle) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Bulls, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
Nwaba is set to miss a 17th consecutive game as he continues to work his way back from a left ankle sprain. The Cavaliers haven't provided a timetable for his return, so he'll continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis, with his next chance to return coming Tuesday against the Wizards.
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