SAN LUIS OBISPO – Just two days after being waived by the Los Angeles Lakers, former Cal Poly men's basketball guard David Nwaba was claimed by the Chicago Bulls.
Nwaba had signed a one-year, non-guaranteed, $1.3 million contract with Los Angeles on June 23 before being waived by the franchise on Wednesday to make room for cap space.
The Bulls, however, claimed Nwaba on Friday afternoon as announced by the NBA league office.
Nwaba had been playing for Los Angeles in the Las Vegas Summer League. Nwaba signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Lakers on Feb. 28 before being signed through the remainder of the 2016-17 on March 21. In 20 games and two starts with Los Angeles, Nwaba averaged 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Nwaba is the first player in the Cal Poly program's 23-year Division I era to have signed with and appeared for an NBA franchise.
Undrafted following his Cal Poly (2013-16) career, Nwaba signed with the Lakers' NBA Developmental League affiliate – the Los Angeles D-Fenders – in November 2016. In 38 appearances and 29 starts with the D-Fenders, Nwaba averaged 13.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting 64.5 percent from the floor.
One of Cal Poly's top two scorers during each of his three years and a member of the program's 2014 NCAA Tournament squad, Nwaba led the Mustangs during his 2015-16 senior season in points (12.5), rebounds (6.3), assists (3.5) and steals (1.3) per game. Nwaba finished his career ranked 15th in program history with 465 rebounds and as one of only 23 players to score 1,000-plus career points.