Storyline: Larry Nance Jr Trade

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For Larry Nance Jr., an Akron native, that career-changing phone call with Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman on Thursday afternoon led to an outpouring of emotions. “How cool is it for him to come home? The kid was in borderline tears when I called him today,” Altman said during a conference call to recap his watershed moment as GM. “He’s ecstatic to be a part of it.”

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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ wild trade deadline began with a Los Angeles Lakers deal, acquiring guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr. in exchange for guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Channing Frye and Cleveland’s own 2018 protected first-round pick, which goes to the Lakers unless it falls between 1-3. “Jordan and Larry add athleticism, energy and length to both ends of the court for us,” general manager Koby Altman said in a release announcing the deal. “This trade is also a reflection of our continuing commitment to invest in our roster in ways that help us evolve and compete at the highest level now and into the future.”

Larry Nance Jr. on trade rumors: “I was a little bit surprised [by the rumors], but at the end of the day, it’s a business. If something like that were to happen, if I were to get traded to a different team, it would be a team that would value me. I try to look at it like that, just as an opportunity, if that were to happen. Obviously, I’d love to stay in L.A. But if it happens, there’s nothing that I can do about it, but it would be a new opportunity and hopefully one that I can seize and make the best of.”

Has anyone from the front office talked to Larry Nance Jr. about the rumors: “No. And somebody from the front office doesn’t need to come explain what’s going on to me. It’s trade-deadline time. Even if I was averaging 40 points, they’d still be talking like, ‘Oh, he might get traded for so-and-so.’ I mean, they’re talking about possible trades for Anthony Davis and Kawhi [Leonard]! So, come on, _everyone_ can get brought up and talked about. We’re professionals, and it’s our job to just deal with it. I come in every day and do my job, regardless of what’s going on.”

Indeed, it looks like there will be a good deal of time. That’s because the Lakers are not moving any of the three, even as we enter the silly season of NBA trade discussions. According to league sources, the Lakers have not included any of the three into trade discussions, and do not figure to change that. They’re unlikely to consider moves involving their two other young role players, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., who figure to be key parts of the rotation in the near future.
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