This comes only two weeks after the team decided to pick up the $1.3 million team option on his contract for the 2017-18 season.
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 also 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.
The Lakers’ decision to part ways with Nwaba has come as a result of the team agreeing to a one-year, $18 million contract with former Detroit Piston guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on Tuesday night. This move now provides the organization with enough salary-cap space to sign Caldwell-Pope to a deal, which will be completed once Nwaba clears waivers.
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