Nance, Cavs agree to four-year extension

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A new superstar, a new head coach, and a victory for the new-look Raptors to open what's been one of the most-anticipated National Basketball Association regular seasons for Toronto in awhile.

Sources: Larry Nance's four-year, $45M extension gives Cavs some flexibility in later years, descending annually from $12.7M, $11.7M, $10.6M to $9.6M in 2022-23.

Coming into the season, a flurry of questions surrounded the Cavaliers.

Nance averaged 8.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.8 blocks in 20.8 minutes in his 24 games with the Cavs last season. Leonard had a few possessions where it looked as though he was going to his pet moves to get himself going, but the shot wouldn't fall. Cavs star LeBron James may be gone, but another Northeast Ohio native has committed to staying with the Cavs long-term.

James is famous for including current and former teammates like bestie Dwayne Wade in his offseason workouts, but the veteran privately reached out to Love after their first season together in Cleveland.

"I wanted this to be a building year and still be competitive". It was a little bit nerve-wracking there towards the end, it's one of those coaching when you've got a nice lead and all of a sudden it starts shrinking down there towards the end, that clock seems to be moving really slow.

Nance is expected to share the role of starting center Tristan Thompson, who will likely be used against the bigger centers. "Boston, Philly, they ain't got much to say".

Last season, Cleveland cruised through the Eastern Conference play-offs before meeting the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. WKSU's Mark Arehart talked with sports commentator Terry Pluto about Larry Nance Jr. and the deal he signed this week. They had told me they didn't want to take a huge step back.

It's quite possible that if Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue didn't make the move to go small in the fourth quarter after Valanciunas was re-inserted, Ibaka would have played about 22 minutes to the Lithuanian's 25.

The NBA has made it known that this sort of behavior will result in a technical foul going forward.

"Whitest thing I could've said", Love said.

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