The Chicago Bulls have committed to David Nwaba after all his good work this season.
As expected, the Chicago Bulls will guarantee the contract of David Nwaba for rest of the season, league sources tell ESPN. He's been a revelation for the Bulls and undoubtedly will be one of the intriguing restricted free agents on market this summer.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 7, 2018
The value of Nwaba’s now guaranteed contract is $1.3 million.
The undrafted Nwaba, whom the Bulls claimed this summer after the Los Angeles Lakers put him on waivers, has sparkled in a key reserve role this season for the Chicago Bulls.
Teams that waived players with non-guaranteed contracts by 4 p.m. today were no longer liable for paying the value of those contracts. Nwaba was never worried about the possibility of getting waived. Per Chicago Tribune writer K.C. Johnson.
“I’m not really concerned about that. I actually didn’t even know it was Sunday,” Nwaba said. “I just work hard, compete and see what I can do to help teams win games.”
In 28 games, he’s averaged 7.6 points on 54.1 percent from the field, grabbed 4.7 rebounds, and dished out 1.3 assists. Beyond the simple box score numbers, his effort and energy is off the charts and the Bulls are nearly five points better defensively when he’s on the court.
Nwaba becomes a restricted free agent this summer so questions loom regarding his long-term future with the Chicago Bulls.
Regardless, all great teams have a Nwaba-like player: a guy who perfectly morphs into his niche role and makes the effort plays necessary to help the team win. If he can develop any semblance of a 3-point shot (26.7 percent this season), his value will skyrocket even higher than it already is.