Dan Santaromita

Signs are pointing towards David Nwaba leaving the Bulls


Signs are pointing towards David Nwaba leaving the Bulls

The Bulls have been mostly quiet in free agency, but it sounds like David Nwaba could be leaving.

The guard had a semi-breakout season with the Bulls last year. In his second year in the NBA he averaged 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 70 games. On top of that he was often tasked with defending the best perimeter players on opposing teams, a nod to his high-effort defense.

Nwaba entered the offseason as a restricted free agent, but the Bulls have now allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent. Yahoo's Shams Charania reported that the Bulls rescinded their qualifying offer to him.

Letting Nwaba go isn't going to clear a ton of cap space for the Bulls. It could mean the Bulls knew Nwaba wanted more money than they valued him at.

This could also mean he is heading elsewhere and the move is already in the works.

NBC Sports Chicago's Vincent Goodwill, ever the pot-stirrer, hypothesized something else. The Bulls waived guard Sean Kilpatrick earlier in the day.

The savings from these two moves is small despite the timing. The Bulls have just over $20 million in cap space as things stand.

Kris Bryant starts rehab stint with a bang

Kris Bryant starts rehab stint with a bang

Kris Bryant is nearing his return from injury and if his first game on his rehab stint is any indication, he might not have much rust to shake off.

Bryant started his rehab stint with Double-A Tennessee on Monday and went deep in his fourth trip to the plate. He homered off reliever Benton Moss in the seventh inning to give the Tennessee Smokies fans in attendance some nostalgic feelings.

Bryant finished 2-for-4 with a single, three RBIs, two runs scored and a strikeout before getting pulled ahead of the eighth inning.

After getting drafted in 2013, Bryant began his first full season of pro ball with the Smokies in 2014. He played 68 games there and hit .355/.458/.702 before getting promoted to Triple-A.

Now that Bryant has built up quite the MLB resume, he helped draw the biggest crowd of the season for the Smokies.

Bryant wasn't struggling this year with the Cubs, but his numbers before going on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury were the worst since his rookie season in 2015. Bryant is hitting .280/.383/.481 in 66 games with the Cubs this year.

The Cubs thought Bryant could return for the Giants series, which also starts on Monday. Bryant's home run and two-hit outing show that could still be in play.

Could relief prospect Ian Hamilton join the White Sox this season?


Could relief prospect Ian Hamilton join the White Sox this season?

The White Sox have one of the highest rated farm systems in the game and a number of positions appear to have plenty of prospects to fill those spots for years to come. The bullpen is not one of those areas.

The only young reliever on the current White Sox bullpen having success is Jace Fry. In the minors, Zack Burdi is a highly-regarded prospect and potential closer of the future, but he hasn't pitched in nearly a year due to Tommy John surgery.

Ian Hamilton is a name that White Sox fans may not be familiar with unless they follow the farm system somewhat closely, but he could be pitching in the majors this year.

He was drafted in the 11th round in 2016, but even then was dubbed a potential sleeper pick. Hamilton spent his first two years at Washington State as a closer and left the Cougars as the program's all-time saves leader. He moved to the rotation and struggled, which led to his draft stock falling.

The White Sox snapped him up and put him back in the bullpen. Since then he has done but get guys out while moving quickly through the minors. After posting a 1.78 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings in Double-A Birmingham this season, Hamilton was included in the mass promotions the Sox had at the halfway point of the minor league season.

On Wednesday, Hamilton, the 19th-ranked White Sox prospect by MLB Pipeline, picked up his third save in three tries for Triple-A Charlotte. It's early, but the 23-year-old hasn't given up a run for the Knights yet. In 5 2/3 innings he has nine strikeouts while allowing just one hit and one walk.

The right-hander features a mid-90s fastball and a slider. He could be showcasing that stuff on the South Side this year with the likes of Joakim Soria and other relievers potentially on the trading block. If Hamilton continues to pitch well for Charlotte he could be one of the names to fill in after the trade deadline.