According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr. gets brought up in trade talks around the league. Here’s what he wrote in his mega offseason prevew:
Reports that Boston has explored trading its three first-round picks — Nos. 14, 26, and 30 — to move up are accurate, sources say, but not surprising. Teams with that many picks explore everything; Boston has also sniffed around using picks to acquire a solid veteran, sources say. There are few such veterans available in future-for-present deals with almost the whole league trying to win.
This is why you hear Larry Nance Jr.’s name a lot across the league — in addition to the big names in Oklahoma City (Paul, Gallinari, and Dennis Schroder). Schroder would draw strong interest, sources say.
Here’s what Nance himself thinks of those trade rumors:
https://t.co/m7QvPSCpSD pic.twitter.com/9qujPZ9edB— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) November 5, 2020
Lol imma be kicking and screaming— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) November 5, 2020
Nance is a good player. He’d be really useful on a better team than the Cavs and wouldn’t cost all that much considering his contract is extremely team friendly. If Koby Altman traded him for something that was more future-oriented, it could make sense from a pure value perspective.
However, Nance is one of the very few NBA players — maybe the only one — who genuinely loves being in Cleveland and would like to play here forever. He also makes the Cavs better now at the stuff the team talks about doing better — playing defense, communicating, day in and day out being a pro. It would suck if he were dealt for a mystery box combination of young players and picks.