3 reasons Cavs shouldn’t seriously consider trading Larry Nance Jr.

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. handles the ball. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. handles the ball. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Larry Nance Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. high-fives Cleveland guard Collin Sexton in-game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Reason #3: Near future uncertainty with other Cavs bigs/Nance’s buy-in

The third reason why the Cavs shouldn’t seriously considering trading Nance is Andre Drummond not seeming to be a long-term piece. Though it seems hard for Drummond to eventually not pick up his $28.7 million player option, him being around long-term again seems unlikely.

Along those lines, though he made it abundantly clear that he has not heard of this offer being proposed, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst did note on The Wine and Gold Talk Podcast with Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor and Hayden Grove that the Cavs could trade for Chris Paul.

And a deal involving sending Drummond and Cedi Osman to the Oklahoma City Thunder, or seemingly at least a trade centered on that, could theoretically do it.

Again, though, that deal, per Windhorst, has assuredly not been proposed by either side, and Paul being traded to a contender, it would seem, would be more realistic, if he were to be dealt. But the point is, Drummond doesn’t appear to be a long-term piece for the Cavaliers.

Unrestricted free agent to-be Tristan Thompson, meanwhile, reportedly rejected a Cavs offer, and could very well sign elsewhere this free agency period, also. And though I wouldn’t expect him to be dealt during this next season ahead, Kevin Love could be traded down the road, as he’s constantly a subject involved in trade rumors.

So even accounting for that the Cavs could feasibly draft a big, with him being a player on an upward trajectory, and being honestly the Cavs’ best all-around big, and likely for that to continue to be the case with his shooting/on-ball growth, Nance looks to be a reliable big for Cleveland.

Moreover, Nance’s emphatic response to the possibility of him being dealt in a quote tweet related to Forbes‘ Evan Dammarell hitting on Lowe’s report shows he has such burning desire to be in Cleveland for the long haul. As we know, his dad, Larry Nance, is a Cavs legend, and Nance Jr., an Akron native, wants to be with the Cavaliers.

That buy-in from Nance is awesome, and to stress it further, it’s apparent that for the Cavs, who seem so high on Nance, they shouldn’t seriously consider trading him.

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The 27-year-old has steadily gotten better over the course of his career and more so even with the Cavaliers, and trading him at this point, also considering the Cavs bigs’ uncertainty, would seem foolish.