By By Mark Strotman
The Bulls value David Nwaba, and apparently a host of other teams do, too.
The news isn't earth-shattering by any means, as it was expected the 25-year-old Nwaba would garner interest in free agency. The second year pro averaged 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 70 games for the Bulls, and his hounding defense and ability and desire to defend the opponent's best perimeter player only increased his value.
The Bulls clearly value Nwaba and his numbers after the All-Star break reflected that: he averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 27.1 minutes, and he shot 13 of 33 from beyond the arc (after shooting 5-for-19 in his first 45 games), showing some progress in the expansion of his game.
Perhaps working in the Bulls' favor is that Nwaba's new agent, Briscoe, also represents Bulls guard Justin Holiday and G-League forward Jarell Eddie. That won't be a deciding factor if Nwaba signs an offer sheet with another team and the Bulls are required to match it or not, but if the Bulls do negotiate with Briscoe and Nwaba it should help.
The Bulls will enter this summer with ample cap space to sign Nwaba or match any offer that comes his way. But every player has a price and the Bulls will have to decide what Nwaba's is should he receive and sign an offer sheet from another...