Larry Nance Jr. sent out the perfect tweet after the Cleveland Cavaliers decided not to trade him by Thursday’s deadline.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had the potential to reshape the roster at Thursday’s trade deadline. Instead, JaVale McGee was sent to Denver and Andre Drummond is heading for a buyout.
Larry Nance Jr. was one core piece who was showing up in trade rumors due to his team-friendly contract. He is under contract through 2022-23 as part of a $44.8 million deal he signed in 2018. Nance is a Cleveland fan favorite and the deadline passed without him being moved.
The 28-year-old is staying put and had the perfect reaction to the news. However, he has since deleted the tweet. But he did respond to Spencer Dinwiddie with the same GIF after Dinwiddie expressed a similar sentiment about staying put.
Larry Nance Jr. is excited to stay
Nance is the hometown kid who returned to Cleveland in 2018 as part of a trade between the Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers. He is wearing his dad’s retired number and reps the city on a daily basis.
The forward has earned a starting role this season while battling injuries and could hold down that job moving forward with Jarrett Allen playing at center. Kevin Love’s role remains up in the air given his inability to remain on the floor healthy.
The Cavaliers have a clear plan in place. Allen, Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, and Issac Okoro are all seen as foundational pieces. Whether that core turns into a winner is the ultimate question.
Nance’s role is another question mark as well. The fact he came up in trade rumors this year likely means that will keep happening unless he emerges as a star and the Cavaliers truly emerge as a contender in the next two years.
For now, he can celebrate and continue being one of the faces of the city’s sports teams.