A year ago today, most Bulls fans probably thought David Nwaba was a made up person.
However, he is in fact a real person, and he actually had a pretty productive year off the bench for the Bulls last season.
The 25-year-old second-year guard averaged 8 points a game on 47.8% shooting in 23.5 minutes over 70 games, 21 of which he started. He’s a restricted free agent this offseason and it doesn’t look as if he’s planning on simply taking the Bulls best offer.
As free agency approaches, Bulls' David Nwaba has signed with agent Charles Briscoe. Nwaba is expected to be a potential RFA target for teams after strong season in Chicago.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 12, 2018
While Nwaba was a pleasant surprise, especially defensively, he comes with strong limitations. He’s an undersized wing who can’t shoot at all from deep and he also doesn’t handle the ball well.
He’d be worth a short-term investment, but the Bulls would be making a mistake by giving him a Cristiano Felicio-esque long-term deal.
The tax-payer mid-level exception is $5.5M. A two-year deal at that salary plus a team option for a third year seems ideal for Nwaba. If a team gives him an offer sheet of three years at the full mid-level exception, which is $9M a year, I’d hope the Bulls tell him “Adios!”