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Former Cal Poly star David Nwaba returning to Lakers for another year

Los Angeles Lakers guard David Nwaba, left, and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart reach for a rebound during the second half of game March 3 in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Lakers guard David Nwaba, left, and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart reach for a rebound during the second half of game March 3 in Los Angeles. AP

David Nwaba’s Los Angeles Lakers dream will continue for at least another year.

The former Cal Poly star’s team option for the 2017-18 season was picked up, the team announced Wednesday.

Nwaba, who left San Luis Obispo in 2016 after three seasons with the Mustangs, played in 20 games and started twice for the Lakers last season, averaging 6.0 points on 58-percent shooting and 3.1 rebounds in 19.9 minutes. The 6-foot-5 defensive specialist first joined L.A. in late February on two 10-day contracts after averaging 14.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks in 39 games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League (now the G League).

The Lakers signed Nwaba for the remainder of the 2016-17 season March 21, with a team option for the upcoming campaign. General manager Rob Pelinka said then in a news release that the team was “impressed by David’s focus and determination, especially on defense.”

“He has brought energy to both our Lakers and D-Fenders games, and has certainly earned his spot on the roster,” Pelinka added.

The Lakers kick off their NBA Summer League season July 7 against the Clippers in Las Vegas.

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