According to Yahoo Sports’ Jordan Schultz, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in talks with Larry Nance Jr.’s agents regarding a contract extension beyond the 2018-2019 NBA season. Nance will earn $2.2 million in the upcoming season before being faced with the decision of whether or not he will become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2019.
This past season, Nance averaged 8.9 points and 7 rebounds as a role player off the bench for the Cavs. After the departure of LeBron James, many expected the Cavs to take the easy path of tanking until they could acquire solid players from the draft and free agency. However, the re-signing of Kevin Love to a four-year extension and the reports that Nance is interested in returning to the team are signs that Cleveland has not completely given up hope at having a successful season.
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The flexibility of Nance, in terms of his value on a rebuilding team or on a championship contending team, is his greatest strength. Nance proved this past season that he can add solid play off the bench in moments where starters need a rest. During his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, Nance also proved that he has the potential to be a key player, possibly even a starter, on a team in the process of rebuilding. In Nance’s entire NBA career, he has played 23+ minutes in a game 74 times. The significance of the 23-minute mark is that his career high for average minutes per game in a season is just under 23. In those 74 instances, Nance was +133 and averaged 9.96 points along with 8.14 rebounds. At just 25-years-old, he has a bright future in the NBA ahead of him, and his flexibility as a role player or a consistent starter makes him an asset to Cleveland.