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Lakers waive David Nwaba; hope he clears waivers to re-sign him

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#1 Majesty


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Posted July 12, 2017 - 10:25 AM

However, this move isn’t just about giving more money to Caldwell-Pope, and it hopefully won’t be the end of Nwaba’s time with the Lakers, either. In a series of tweets that are now looking prophetic, Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report explained the options available to the Lakers with Nwaba being waived: 

I have Lakers with $17.2 in space, cutting Nwaba drops them by $1.3 mil but then they have empty roster charge of $815k, so basically $500k 

— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) July 12, 2017 

So KCP can get $500k more or 17.7 roughly if Lakers cut Nwaba, that would allow Lakers to sign Bryant via cap for 3 or 4 years 

— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) July 12, 2017 

If Nwaba clears waivers can re-sign. So more $ for KCP + longer potential deal for Bryant and shot of inking Nwaba back on 2yr, if he clears 

— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) July 12, 2017 

Essentially, waiving Nwaba is a calculated gamble. He was one of the feel-good stories of last season for Los Angeles after going undrafted in the D-League and clawing his way onto the D-Fenders, where he caught the eye of their parent club. An opposing team can now claim Nwaba if they choose. 

However, if this gamble pays off, not only will the Lakers free up the room to give Caldwell-Pope the money he wants, but they could also use the cap space created to give a long-term, team-friendly deal to impressive 42nd-overall pick Thomas Bryant, then add Rajon Rondo with the room exception, and then resign Nwaba. It’s a bit complicated, but this could be a painless move if Nwaba goes unclaimed. 

It’s a risk but hopefully one that will pay off.


Let's hope this pays off and he clears waivers.  If not, he will have a great opportunity elsewhere too!  So either way, wishing the best for Nwaba, but hope he'll clear waivers and be back with us. 

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Posted July 12, 2017 - 11:19 AM

I agree, hoping he'll be back with us.

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Posted July 12, 2017 - 12:58 PM

I don't understand this.

In basketballinsiders.com Pincus has all 3 of our first rounders taking up a 120% of the rookie scale, which is the maximum they can be signed for.

But the cap hold is just the rookie scale amount. For all I know teams usually wait until the end of the offseason to sign their 1st rounders to keep some extra cap flexibility.


If the above is true, we'd have enough money to give KCP up to 18.5M without waiving Nwaba


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Posted July 12, 2017 - 12:59 PM

They already signed their rookies

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Posted July 12, 2017 - 01:11 PM

They already signed their rookies


Thanks, so looks like all 3 1st rounders have already signed their contracts. Not sure why they didn't wait, makes no sense to me


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Posted July 13, 2017 - 02:18 PM

Thanks, so looks like all 3 1st rounders have already signed their contracts. Not sure why they didn't wait, makes no sense to me


I think had they not been signed, the rookies wouldn't have participated in Summer League action.

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