Six teams are reportedly pursuing Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. ahead of the March 25 trade deadline.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have “aggressively” pursued Nance since the offseason, while the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans are also reportedly interested, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
Nance would help a lot of teams and he’s on a multi-year bargain deal that makes it easy to come up with matching salaries. He’s the kind of versatile piece that contenders covet because of his defense, playmaking, shooting and impact on winning. According to sources, Nance is the player the Cavs have received the most calls about. Sources say the Minnesota Timberwolves have been aggressively pursuing him since the offseason. Nance’s old teammate and buddy D’Angelo Russell is a strong Nance advocate. Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Miami and Dallas have also shown interest.
But the Cavs keep telling opposing teams that Nance, who is expected to be back in the lineup on March 12 following surgery on his fractured left hand, isn’t available. They recognize what he means to the city and organization
Nance, who last played on Feb. 6 due to his wrist injury, isn’t expected to be traded unless the Cavaliers get “completely blown away” by an offer.
One of the offers that the Cavaliers reportedly received for Nance was a package including “multiple late-first-round picks.”
The 28-year-old is in the second year of his four-year, $44.8 million contract.
In 19 games, Nance is averaging 9.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game.