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Cavaliers add former Bulls guard David Nwaba

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    The Bulls' David Nwaba tries to block the shot of Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver during a game in Chicago on April 11. Nwaba has agreed to terms with the Cavaliers.

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The Cavaliers have agreed to contract terms with guard David Nwaba, according to numerous reports Wednesday.

The 6-foot-4, 209-pound Nwaba averaged 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23.5 minutes last season while appearing in 70 games (21 starts) for the Chicago Bulls.

The Nigerian-born Nwaba will become the 12th Cavs player with a guaranteed contract for 2018-19. Restricted free agent Rodney Hood will be No. 13 if he returns to Cleveland, and forward Okaro White’s deal becomes guaranteed if he is not waived by Sunday.

The Cavs already have Collin Sexton, George Hill, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver and Jordan Clarkson in the backcourt, plus possibly Hood, but they could make more moves before the start of the season or during it.

Nicknamed “Mr. Dunk,” and “Demolition Man,” Nwaba is considered a hard-working player with great defensive intensity. The 25-year-old is extremely athletic and said to be very intelligent on the court.

Nwaba appeared in 20 games (two starts) for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016-17, averaging 6.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 19.9 minutes.

In his two NBA seasons, Nwaba has shot .494 from the field, .333 on 3-pointers and .653 at the line. He has attempted just 57 shots from beyond the arc in 90 games.

The Bulls claimed Nwaba off waivers from the Lakers last summer and he played valuable minutes for Chicago last season. The Bulls, however, rescinded their qualifying offer to him on July 12, moving his free agency from restricted to unrestricted.

Nwaba played at Santa Monica College as a freshman and spent his last three years at California Polytechnic State University. As a Cal Poly senior in 2015-16, he averaged 12.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

Nwaba went undrafted and began his pro career in the G League before joining the Lakers.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Follow him @RickNoland on Twitter.


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