Every NBA Team’s Worst Regret From the Year 2017

Adam Fromal B/R
December 27, 2017

Los Angeles Lakers: Waiving David Nwaba

The Los Angeles Lakers have done most things correctly in the last year.

Avoid passing judgment on Lonzo Ball quite yet and instead recognize his impressive defensive chops. Congratulate them for landing one of the steals of the draft in Kyle Kuzma. Give them credit for taking a one-year flier on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, getting more assets for D’Angelo Russell (even if they sold low on him) and preserving cap space for the all-important 2018 free-agency period.

Their only regret has to be losing out on David Nwaba, who has been an impressive defensive presence for the Chicago Bulls, asserted himself as a premier rebounding backcourt member and revealed a slightly improved offensive acumen.

The Purple and Gold originally unearthed Nwaba, bringing him up from the Los Angeles D-Fenders for a shot with the big league club. But they waived him this summer, then watched as the Bulls snatched him up only two days later, eager to give a high-energy player another shot as a sophomore contributor.

Nwaba might not be a key part of either team’s future, but the Lakers could’ve benefited from having another high-upside presence on their roster for such a cheap salary.