If you are an old-school Cleveland Cavaliers fan, then some news on Saturday brought a smile to your face. The news was related to Pete Nance, a college player from North Carolina, signing an Exhibit 10 contract with the team.
Nance is the son of legendary Cavalier, Larry Nance Sr. The other son, Larry Nance Jr., also played with Cleveland for about three seasons before being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers back in 2021.
The younger brother Pete will now will get an opportunity to play with the Wine and Gold squad and challenge for a spot on the roster. He will get to play in the Summer League in Las Vegas in about two weeks and he’ll also join training camp. The team has the option to have three two-way contracts, and he could earn one of those and split time between the Cavaliers and the Canton Charge of the G League.
Nance Sr. was an integral part of the Cavs’ great seasons between the late 1980s and early 1990s that went to multiple playoffs that included an Eastern Conference Final showdown with the Chicago Bulls.
The Nance family lives in Ohio and Pete Nance attended Revere High School near Akron.
Nance went on to play college ball at Northwestern, where he attended for all four years. He had an additional year of college eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so he went on to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels last season. He’s been an every-game starter averaging around 10 points and six boards. He’s a good shooter shooting upwards of 42% and could be just what the doctor ordered for the Cavaliers and looking for a big guy that can potentially shoot. Nance stands at 6-foot-10.
He’ll now get his opportunity with the Cavaliers and with the Nance name that can’t hurt. I will be paying attention to see if Cleveland does sign him to that two-way contract eventually. The team already offered one of those contracts to undrafted Craig Porter Jr. out of Wichita State. The Cavs also drafted Emoni Bates from Eastern Michigan with the No. 49 pick and he could also be signing a two-way contract eventually.
So tune in to the Summer League out there in Vegas and see how Nance does at training camp and we’ll see if we have another Nance on the Cavaliers squad.
Cleveland plays their first Summer League Game on July 7 at 8:30 on NBA TV against the Brooklyn Nets.