David Nwaba‘s excellent athleticism, impressive motor and passable 3-point shooting have turned the 25-year-old shooting guard into a rotation-level player. The Bulls might like to keep him long-term, but he at least would’ve provided value on his qualifying offer next season.
Yet, Chicago is pulling that $1,712,601 qualifying offer.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
Why would Chicago do this? I see two possibilities:
1. Nwaba has agreed to an offer sheet the Bulls wouldn’t match, and as a favor to him, they’re preemptively pulling the qualifying offer to expedite his exit.
2. Chicago is preparing for a larger trade or signing that requires Nwaba’s cap hold to be removed.
We’ll see what’s next for Nwaba, who becomes an unrestricted free agent. Probably more significantly, we’ll see what’s next for Chicago.