The Los Angeles Lakers made a big free-agency splash Tuesday night by reportedly signing former Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18-million deal.
In an apparent move to make room on the roster and in the bank account, the Lakers waived former Cal Poly star David Nwaba on Wednesday. Two weeks ago, Nwaba looked like he would be on the Lakers roster for the upcoming season when his team option was picked up.
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).
Nwaba averaged 9.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2 assists and one block in three summer league games in Las Vegas.
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Any NBA team can now claim Nwaba if they choose, but it’s possible he could re-sign with the Lakers at the same $1.3-million salary if he’s not picked up off the waiver wire.