There isn’t a lot left to watch for as the Los Angeles Lakers finish out their season (but please keep reading this fine website!). The team has the second-worst record in the NBA and has lost their last eight games while playing with enough disinterest for their head coach to say other teams thought they were soft.
One of the few things left to keep an eye on is what the team does as they decide whether or not to churn the end of their roster with guys on 10-day contracts, or if they opt to keep David Nwaba for the rest of the season, or on a second 10-day contract.
Luke Walton told Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News Wednesday he isn’t sure what the Lakers will do, but that he felt like Nwaba had “earned” a second 10-day contract.
Nwaba has averaged just 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game, but the team has been 26.6 points per 100 possessions better than their opponents while he is on the floor. That number is skewed by the incredibly small sample-size of minutes Nwaba has played, but a 10-day guy not posting a negative net rating is an accomplishment in and of itself, and therefore worth noting.
Nwaba’s current contract expires Thursday, when the Lakers can either offer him a second 10-day, sign him for the rest of the season, or let him go back to the D-Fenders, where any other team could call him up.
NBA teams are limited to signing a player to two 10-day contracts, after which they must either sign that player for the rest of the season or let them go. It sounds like if Walton has his way, Nwaba won’t be going anywhere.
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.