The news isn't earth-shattering by any means, as it was expected the 25-year-old Nwaba would garner interest in free agency. The second year pro averaged 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 70 games for the Bulls, and his hounding defense and ability and desire to defend the opponent's best perimeter player only increased his value.
The Bulls clearly value Nwaba and his numbers after the All-Star break reflected that: he averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 27.1 minutes, and he shot 13 of 33 from beyond the arc (after shooting 5-for-19 in his first 45 games), showing some progress in the expansion of his game.
Perhaps working in the Bulls' favor is that Nwaba's new agent, Briscoe, also represents Bulls guard Justin Holiday and G-League forward Jarell Eddie. That won't be a deciding factor if Nwaba signs an offer sheet with another team and the Bulls are required to match it or not, but if the Bulls do negotiate with Briscoe and Nwaba it should help.
The Bulls will enter this summer with ample cap space to sign Nwaba or match any offer that comes his way. But every player has a price and the Bulls will have to decide what Nwaba's is should he receive and sign an offer sheet from another team.
The NBA G League is introducing a new tournament format for their premier showcase games, starting in the 2019-20 season.
The 2019 NBA G League Winter Showcase will take place December 19-22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and it will feature all 28 teams in the league, with the winning squad taking home a $100,000 prize.
Under the re-brand, the NBA G League Winter Showcase will see the teams seeded No. 1 through 28, with the top four seeds receiving a bye and advancing straight to the Championship Bracket. The remaining 24 teams will get placed into six separate four-team brackets. All games played at the Winter Showcase will count against G League regular-season records.
For a league full of players fighting for NBA attention and ultimately, (NBA) dollars, the $100,000 prize is sure to add a decent amount of motivation. Last season more than 60 players received Gatorade call-ups (to the NBA) during or right after the showcase games.
Last season the Bulls signed guard Brandon Sampson to a Two-Way contract following a breakout performance at the 2018 G League Showcase for the Rio Grande Vipers.
Sampson averaged 17.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.0 assists through 18 G League games for the Vipers before signing his Two-Way deal with the Bulls and gaining 214 minutes of NBA experience over 14 games.
The new tournament format for the Winter Showcase will make for an exciting spectacle to for hardcore basketball fans and will add a great layer of intrigue to what is already the best in-season scouting event for NBA scouts interested in the G League.