The Boston Celtics have “shown interest” in Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr., according to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, which should come to the surprise of no one paying close attention to the Celtics’ needs.
The Wyoming product is a versatile swing able to play up or down defensively while shooting 38.1% from 3-point range while scoring 9.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season. Standing at 6-foot-7, Nance is a solid example of the sort of two-way “shooting with size” team president Danny Ainge revealed the team is after on the trade market earlier this season.
And while the Akron native may lack the scoring punch Boston ideally wants, he has a well-rounded game on a value contract of just $11.7 million this season that declines to $10.6 million next season and $9.6 million the season after. At 28 years old, he’s a little older than the team’s young core, but for a squad in need of more veteran leadership, that may not be a bad thing. Playing for his hometown team with no interest in leaving it, he is still the player the Cavs are getting the most calls about according to Fedor, with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks also inquiring. https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1367761816537939970?s=20
With that kind of interest and surrounding context, Nance won’t be a cheap deal for the Celtics or any team hoping to acquire his contract — if it is even available. But if the Celtics want to make a meaningful upgrade without burning up too much of their $28.5 million traded player exception and happen to have a player Cleveland might be particularly interested in on the margins, it might well be a move worth exploring. https://embed.sendtonews.com/oembed/?SC=QqAUUHC8FG-1186131-8380&autoplay=on&V=2&format=json This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [lawrence-related id=47459,47456,47435,47393] [listicle id=47348]
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