Cavs: Larry Nance Jr. signs four-year contract extension worth $44.8 miliion

Annette Crawford
October 18, 2018

Larry Nance Jr. did not participate in Monday's practice due to a sprained ankle, and his status for Wednesday night's opening game against the Toronto Raptors is unclear.

"I think everybody has their own process as a leader, and I think for me it's ever-evolving", Love told CNN Sport earlier this month in a telephone interview.

Nance averaged 8.9 points and seven rebounds in 24 games for the Cavaliers last season. "I'm happy for him, that he's playing again".

The Cavs and Nance have been holding extension talks for most of the offseason.

Bembry, the No. 21 pick by the Hawks in the 2016 draft, made three starts last season while averaging 5.2 points.

Nance is expected to platoon with Tristan Thompson at starting center as he enters his fourth professional season. Leonard said. "Get in a rhythm, understanding what your schedule is, what you have ahead of you, and basketball starts coming easy". "Boston, Philly, they ain't got much to say". "But I wanted to be part of something where we could continue to strive for all those banners up there". "That's the expectation of the experts". It feels a bit like the Cavaliers are negotiating with themselves here, as it's hard to imagine any rival team giving Nance the bag and forcing Cleveland to match an offer they're not prepared to match.

When the lights went down and the introduction video for the 2018-19 Toronto Raptors began, the message was clear: Kawhi Leonard is a Raptor now and, for as long as he'll have it, this is his team.

Giving up their leading scorer and fan favorite DeRozan for Leonard, who can depart after one season, was a risk that the Raptors were willing to take after repeated playoff failures. "We're going to have to go after every loose ball that we can, we're going to have to be the team that dives on the floor".

Leonard's old team, the Spurs, got a firsthand look at this year's trade saga in Butler and Minnesota. I grew up here.

"I'm actually at a loss for words right now", Nance said about the extension.

He said the Cavs ownership and management would love to make the playoffs to prove they could do it without LeBron James.

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