David Nwaba and the Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly agreed to a deal, according to Yahoo's Shams Charania.
The Bulls opted against bringing back Nwaba this summer, rescinding his qualifying offer two days before agreeing to a two-year, $40 million deal with Jabari Parker. The Bulls also signed Antonio Blakeney to a two-year deal, in essence to fill the backcourt void left by Nwaba's departure.
Though it was a formality that Nwaba wasn't part of the plan post-Parker signing, it's an interesting move to say the least. Nwaba showed significant improvement in his first full NBA season - he played 20 games with the Lakers in 2017 - averaging 7.9 points on 48 percent shooting, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23.5 minutes. He played 70 games, started 21, and more often than not took the toughest defensive assignment.
He also showed improvement from beyond the arc after the All-Star break. With the Bulls focused more on development than wins and losses *cough*tanking*cough*, Nwaba averaged 9.9 points and made better than 39 percent of his 3-point attempts. His numbers across the board went up as his playing time increased, leading many to believe he was a part of the puzzle moving forward.
Alas, he'll join a division rival in Cleveland that is picking up the pieces in the wake of LeBron James leaving for Los Angeles. The Cavs also added Collin Sexton, another strong defensive backcourt presence who should form a solid tandem with Nwaba.
Of note, Charania writes in his report that Nwaba discussed deals with the Bulls and Pacers during the offseason before ultimately signing with the Cavs.