Let the bidding begin, as the Bulls make David Nwaba a restricted free agent
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With the NBA Draft now in the rearview mirror, the Bulls took care of one of their own Thursday.
According to a source, they extended a qualifying offer to reserve wing David Nwaba as expected, making him a restricted free agent. The intent since the end of the season was to make this happen for Nwaba, with the Bulls looking to lock up their versatile defender — within reason. There’s always a chance another team will offer money the Bulls would be reluctant to match, and teams already have expressed interest through back channels. But a big offer isn’t expected for Nwaba, who averaged 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game last season.
The Bulls aren’t expected to extend an offer to Noah Vonleh, allowing the reserve big man to become an unrestricted free agent.
Free agency starts at 11:01 p.m. Saturday. Most of general manager Gar Forman’s attention will be on restricted free-agent guard Zach LaVine and the handful of offers he’s expected to receive. The Bulls will have 72 hours to match any offer for him or Nwaba.