The Cleveland Cavaliers have added another athlete to the fray. Following a season in which the team acquired power forward Larry Nance Jr., and then drafted Collin Sexton, the Cavaliers have agreed to sign swingman David Nwaba.
The high-flying Nwaba averaged 7.9 PPG and 4.7 RPG in 70 appearances last season with the Chicago Bulls. Still just 25 years old, he should come off the bench and challenge Cedi Osman for minutes.
Nwaba was slated to become a restricted free agent during the summer of 2018, but the Bulls rescinded his qualifying offer, thus making him free to sign with any team. There will be some familiarity for Nwaba in Cleveland, as he joins former teammates Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson, whom he played with in Los Angeles as a member of the Lakers.
The Cavaliers have been actively pursuing trades for veteran wing Kyle Korver. The loss of LeBron James via free agency has necessitated a shift in philosophy for the Cavaliers, who will now try to rebuild with inexpensive and young players.
Nwaba has built a reputation as a solid two-way player. He played nearly 24 minutes per game with the Bulls last season, and he should receive extended playing time for Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue.
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