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Lakers news: Team picks up $1.3 million team option for next season

AP

The Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday afternoon announced the decision to pick up the $1.3 million team option for the 2017-18 season on guard David Nwaba

Nwaba played in 20 games last season with the Lakers where he averaged 6.0 points on 58 percent shooting from the field and 3.1 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per contest. He scored in double figures four times while leading the team in scoring once, steals twice, and blocks on three occasions. 

The 24-year-old had been called up from the Los Angeles Defenders on a 10-day contract on February 28 after veteran guard Jose Calderon was waived by the team. Nwaba played well enough to earn a second 10-day contract and was subsequently signed for the rest of the season on March 21. 

In his short time with the Lakers, Nwaba quickly found his niche as a valuable asset off the bench behind his solid work as an individual defender at his position while also proving to be a strong rebounder off the defensive glass.

Following the announcement of his contract on Wednesday, teammate Jordan Clarkson took to Twitter to congratulate the former Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo product. 

It is likely that Nwaba will participate as a member of the Lakers’ Summer League team that begins play next month. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He's also currently a sports freelance writer for Sports Uncut. He's also the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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