Nwaba, a second-year wing, saw career highs in both minutes per game (23.5) and starts (21) with the Bulls last season after spending his rookie year with the Lakers. While not much of a scorer, averaging 7.9 points, he played within himself, shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from deep. Nwaba is also a notably good defender and rebounder for his position(s), posting 7.1 boards and a combined 1.9 steals/blocks per 36 minutes last year. With LeBron James' departure from Cleveland, 36.9 minutes per contest have opened up on the team. Heading into training camp, it will likely be an open competition on the wing for a role -- Nwaba, J.R. Smith, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Cedi Osman all being involved.
Nwaba had his qualifying offer rescinded on Thursday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
The move will make Nwaba an unrestricted free agent, hinting that the Bulls may not be interested in bringing him back for a second campaign. He started in 21 of his 70 appearances last season, averaging 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and a combined 1.2 steals/blocks across 23.5 minutes. He also shot a passable 34.6 percent from beyond the arc on 52 percent. The 25-year-old's main selling point is his defense and rebounding on the wing, as he often doesn't look for his own shot. Regardless of where he ends up, it doesn't seem likely he'll be fantasy relevant this season.
Nwaba took another step forward in his sophomore campaign, playing in a career-high 70 contests while averaging 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 23.5 minutes. He also significantly improved his three-point shot, finishing with a 34.6 percent clip from deep after shooting just 20 percent as a rookie with the Lakers. Nwaba is already an outstanding defender, so if he can continue to develop a more consistent deep ball, his value should increase. That said, due to Nwaba's game being focused around his defense, he struggles to offer much for fantasy owners.
Nwaba produced 14 points (5-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 119-87 loss to Detroit.
Nwaba played 29 minutes in Wednesday's final regular season game. On a Bulls team that fell flat throughout the season, Nwaba has been one of the more surprising players. He does not possess a lot of upside on the offensive end of the floor but is able to contribute in a number of categories.
Nwaba accounted for 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds and one assist across 30 minutes Monday in Chicago's loss to Brooklyn.
Nwaba posted a double-double Monday against the Nets, his third such performance of the 2017-18 season. The second-year wing has seen an uptick in his minutes as the season wears on. He is averaging a respectable 9.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and two assists per game since the All-Star Break. Nwaba hasn't reached a level where he is a factor in fantasy hoops just yet, but he has shown an ability to step up when the opportunity presents itself.
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