FA rockets David Nwaba ready to ‘explode’ in Miami: B / R

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David Nwaba # 2 of the Houston Rockets in action during a fourth quarter game against the Washington Wizards at Toyota Center on January 26, 2021.

After Miami was swept in the first round of the 2020-21 NBA Playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks, the Heat’s roster will see a major reshuffle this summer during free agency.

While many of the biggest stars in the NBA have stepped forward and signed extensions with their current squad, there are plenty of non-stars with quality talent to catch. Launderer’s Report ‘s Mandela Namaste pointed out that while many free agency players are not known, if they can land with the right franchise, the sky is the limit.

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In Namaste’s “NBA free agents who could blow up new teams in 2021”, David Nwaba of the Houston Rockets is linked with the Miami Heat. Nwaba, 28, who becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, averages 9.2 points (48.6% FG, 27.0% of 3 points), 3.9 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per game this season last.

Regarding his mediocre stats, Namaste pointed out the horrible luck the 6-foot-5 forward / guard has experienced since joining the NBA after being undrafted out of Cal Poly:

Nwaba has bounced back, accommodating five teams in as many seasons. Sadly, he’s had absolutely terrible timing at this point, playing for the Lakers right after Kobe’s last season, the Bulls after Jimmy Butler’s trade, the Cavaliers after LeBron’s second start, the Nets in the year. rehab of Kevin Durant and the Rockets during and after James Harden’s ignominious split with his longtime franchise.

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GettyDavid Nwaba # 2 of the Houston Rockets takes the ball onto the field against the Charlotte Hornets in the second quarter at Spectrum Center on February 08, 2021.

USA todayBen Dubois reported, “Nwaba finished with the highest defensive rating of any player in the Houston roster for the 2020-21 season. He’s strong enough, explosive, versatile enough to hold multiple positions and has good instincts. This athleticism also helps make him a transitional force.

Although Nwaba is limited on offense, he would fit right into the Heat culture. When in good health, he has “a relentless motor and a selfless nature,” Namaste noted. And while not the biggest guard, Nwaba “would be a second unit boom for clubs like Memphis and Miami”.

Heat president Pat Riley to replace many players in the offseason

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GettyMiami Heat President Pat Riley.

As a franchise, the Heat haven’t been swept away in the first round of the playoffs since 2007. After being knocked out by the Chicago Bulls, Miami team president Pat Riley wasted no time. to clean the house. The Heat quickly said goodbye to James Posey, Gary Payton, Michael Doleac, Jason Kapono, Shaquille O’Neal and Antoine Walker.

Riley won’t hesitate to restructure following such a disappointing season, especially after coming in with two games to win the title last year.

The following players are without job security at South Beach: Victor Oladipo, Duncan Robinson, Trevor Ariza, Max Strus, Kendrick Nunn, Andre Iguodala, Nemanja Bjelica, Gabe Vincent, Goran Dragic, Udonis Haslem and Dewayne Dedmon.

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