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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Chris Fedor: #Cavs Koby Altman said Larry Nance Jr. was in borderline tears when he got the news earlier today, so excited to come to Cleveland.
Bill Oram: Larry Nance Jr. will wear No. 24 for the @Cavs. No. 7 (his Lakers number) is retired for Bingo Smith and he opted against bringing his dad’s No. 22 out of retirement.
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: I’ll be forever grateful for everything that the @lakers organization, the fans, and my teammates have done for me! It’s been an unbelievable experience and I couldn’t be happier with where I started this journey! Thank you guys for the past 2 1/2 years! On to THE LAND I go.. #JustAKidFromAkron
Erik Gundersen: Cavs just made the Jordan Clarkson-Larry Nance Jr trade official.
Tania Ganguli: On side note, it has been a pleasure to cover @Larry Nance Jr and @Jordan Clarkson. Very different guys, but both good people who were very helpful for the job a reporter does.
The Cavaliers will now see their luxury tax bill reduced from $43.1M to $40.8M, a savings of $2.3M. The Jordan Clarkson cap hit is $11.5M, $12.5M and $13.4M. Larry Nance Jr. is under contract for $1.5M and $2.3M. The Cavaliers now have $135M in guaranteed salaries next season, including the $35.6M LeBron James and $11M Iman Shumpert player option.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Nance said yesterday he was going to dinner w/ fiancé and not stress: “Whether I’m in the gym all night or whether I’m on my knees begging + pleading not to get traded, whether if I was begging to get traded, what is going to happen is going to happen” espn.com/nba/story/_/id…
Ivica Zubac: 😢😢😢
Adrian Wojnarowski: Lakers sending Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance to the Cavaliers, league source tells ESPN.
Kevin O’Connor: Lakers are using Larry Nance as a sweetener in deals involving Jordan Clarkson, league sources say. It’s unclear which teams have interest, if any. Clarkson is signed through 2019-20 and teams are reluctant to take on pricey long-term contracts.
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.”
Sources close to the situation caution that the Lakers would rather not trade Nance, Jr., but in order to move off the contract money they are trying to shed, it will take inducement, and Nance seems to be that. The Lakers have thoroughly explored ways to trade forward Luol Deng and have found almost no interest in a deal that wouldn’t include mortgaging their future first round picks, which is something the Lakers do not seem open to doing.
The Lakers have made it clear that Clarkson, Julius Randle and Larry Nance are available. Los Angeles has given up hope of unloading Luol Deng’s contract in a trade, because it would simply necessitate attaching too many draft assets.
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.
Unless some significant move comes to the Lakers’ doorstep, you’d think any young piece wouldn’t be on the move come Thursday. Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell and Larry Nance Jr. shouldn’t be considered “untouchable,” but the Lakers likely won’t be breaking up their young core.
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February 24, 2018 | 4:17 am EST Update
Anthony Davis is on his way to earning All-NBA honors this season, an accomplishment that would make him super max eligible in the summer of 2019. Based on earning All-NBA in 2016-17 and likely 2017-18 (two out of the previous three seasons), Davis would be eligible to sign a five-year $230M extension with a starting salary of $39.7M in July 2019.
The Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan has listed his home in Malibu for sale at $6.5 million. The two-story contemporary sits at the end of its own gated driveway in the guard-gated Serra Retreat neighborhood. Extensively remodeled, the house features high ceilings, wide-plank wood floors and full smart-home and security systems. Massive pocket doors open to a covered terrace for indoor-outdoor entertaining.
Eddie Sefko: Dirk Nowitzki’s quote about next season: “I would love to play next year again. But we’ll kind of see how the rest of the season plays out and how I feel in the summer. But as of now, I want to play again next year. I feel OK. I only missed one game. So the body is holding up OK”
Someday he could do both jobs. For now, the Milwaukee Bucks guard is focused on his current occupation. It doesn’t appear he’ll be switching careers any time soon. One more year in the league and Terry will reach a rare milestone in the NBA. “For sure, 100 percent, my goal is to play 20 seasons,” Terry said. “The organization understands that and I think the league is on notice.”
But he’s been around long enough to understand the business of the NBA. Off the court, he’ll stay friends with Kidd. “The dividing line is there … understanding that Coach Kidd didn’t get me the contract — the Milwaukee Bucks did,” Terry said. “I have a job to do and my job is to help them go forward in the future … continue to be a positive influence in the locker room and on the court. That’s what they signed me up to do and I’m going to see that all the way through.”
Davis put the Pelicans on his back in their 124-123 overtime victory with 45 points, 17 rebounds, five blocks and five steals — the first time in league history any player had reached those thresholds since the latter two categories were first tracked in 1973-74.