Los Angeles Lakers call-up David Nwaba’s 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers comes to an end Friday, and the team will have to decide whether or not to offer him a second 10-day, sign him for the rest of the season or let him go back to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, where any other team could call up the undrafted rookie.
While it doesn’t sound like the Lakers have made their decision quite yet, Lakers head coach Luke Walton seems to have implied they may be calling up a different player into that roster spot instead.
“We want to look at a couple of people before the season ends,” Walton told Mark Medina of the Orange County Register. “Some of them aren’t available right now. (Nwaba’s) been good. But we have to decide if we want to wait or look at someone else.”
Nwaba’s counting stat averages of 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds won’t blow anyone’s socks off, but he has led the team in net rating over a (incredibly small) sample size of 56 minutes. Walton said Wednesday that he felt Nwaba had “earned” a second 10-day contract, but if the team wants to look at other players in their system before the season ends, what he earned may not factor into the equation.
Walton saying some of the players they want to look at not being available could mean they are currently called up on 10-day contracts elsewhere, however, which could lead to the Lakers either keeping a roster spot open or signing Nwaba to a second 10-day.
NBA teams can only offer any individual player two 10-day contracts per season, after which point they either must sign them for the rest of the season or let them go.
All stats per NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.com. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.