Larry Nance
Larry Nance
26-Year-Old CenterC
Cleveland Cavaliers
Injury Knee
Est. Return 1/25/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Nance opened the 2017-18 campaign in complementary role off the bench with the Lakers, providing the all-around production and energy that coaches love. However, a mid-season trade involving the Cavaliers' Isaiah Thomas and handful of other players ended up sending Nance to Cleveland as an upside piece. The 6-foot-9 big man's value didn't change much with his new organization, though, and in 66 games between the two teams, he posted averages of 8.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.3 steals, while shooting 58.1 percent from the field. His situation with Cleveland became slightly more intriguing this offseason after LeBron James bolted for Los Angeles. The Cavaliers have already tabbed Nance as a building block for the future and are hoping to extend the 25-year-old, which would suggest the team is hoping to key in on his development moving forward. Kevin Love was given a four-year, $120 million extension and Tristan Thompson is back and set to make over $17 million, so there are a few players in the way of a 30-plus minute role. That said, if the organization does like Nance's upside as much as has been let on, look for him to see a decent uptick in his playing time from the 21.5 minutes he averaged in 2017-18. While Nance's lack of a three-point game and poor free-throw percentage are always of concern, his ability to provide across-the-board value would bring him into consideration for ownership in the the bulk of Fantasy leagues if he's able to garner a full starter's workload. Look for Nance to at least be the first big man off the bench right away, though he could work his way into the top unit eventually. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $44.8 million contract extension with the Cavaliers in October of 2018.
Could miss up to two weeks
CCleveland Cavaliers
January 10, 2019
Nance has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and could be sidelined up to two weeks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The given timetable means Nance, who injured his knee in Tuesday's loss to the Pacers, could miss the next six or seven games for Cleveland. And, given that this is essentially a lost season for the Cavs already, the team will likely take extra precautionary measures with one of key pieces of their young core. Channing Frye got the start at power forward in Nance's absence Wednesday, but he played just 11 minutes, and Jalen Jones, Ante Zizic and Jaron Blossomgame will likely be the biggest beneficiaries from Nance's absence.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Nance's lack of perimeter game may end up confining him to the bench for the better part of his career, but he's already shown at 24 years old that he's still quite valuable to the Lakers as a role player. Though injuries cropped up periodically last season, Nance was a solid producer when healthy, averaging 7.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals in just 22.9 minutes per game while shooting 52.6 percent from the floor. As an athletic, high-energy player, Nance provides a nice change-of-pace option at power forward behind the more offensive-minded Julius Randle, and is also capable of moving up on the positional spectrum to lock up more perimeter-oriented small forwards. If Nance were to land a consistent 30-minute role, he'd probably offer enough across-the-board value to warrant ownership in just about every fantasy setting, but that seems unlikely to materialize in 2017-18. With the Lakers still viewing last year's No. 2 overall pick, Brandon Ingram, as their starting small forward alongside Randle and veterans Luol Deng and Corey Brewer and rookie Kyle Kuzma also in the mix for playing time at forward with the second unit, Nance looks bound to stick in the 20-to-25-minute range for the foreseeable future.
Judging by the crowd reaction at Las Vegas Summer League, the Lakers may have found their bench sparkplug/cult hero in Larry Nance Jr. Despite an inauspicious start as a Laker, when a derogatory tweet about Kobe Bryant was discovered on his timeline, Nance has been embraced by the Lakers' fans and showed off some surprising skills. The senior from Wyoming was selected with the 27th pick in the first round of the 2015 draft after averaging 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks, and 0.5 three-pointers in 35 minutes through his 31 games last season in the Mountain West conference. He'll have to battle Julius Randle, Brandon Bass, and Ryan Kelly for minutes at the power forward spot, and for him to have a meaningful impact this season, a lot will need to go right for him and wrong for the Lakers for that to happen. But, Nance showed off incredible athleticism in Vegas, and his college play showed an aptitude for acquiring defensive stats, which can be extremely valuable in fantasy leagues. The problem is, will the rest of his game develop enough, and will he get enough of an opportunity to be helpful in fantasy leagues this season? That seems like it may be a tough task.
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Out Wednesday
CCleveland Cavaliers
January 9, 2019
Nance (knee) will not play Wednesday against the Pelicans.
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To be re-evaluated post-shootaround
CCleveland Cavaliers
January 8, 2019
Nance (knee) will travel with the Cavaliers to New Orleans for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans and be re-evaluated following morning shootaround, Spencer Davies of BBallInsiders reports.
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Will not return Tuesday
CCleveland Cavaliers
January 8, 2019
Nance will not return to Tuesday's game against the Pacers due to a knee injury, Joe Gabriele of the Cavaliers' official site reports.
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Limps to locker room
CCleveland Cavaliers
January 8, 2019
Nance limped to the locker room Tuesday against the Pacers, Spencer Davies of BBallInsiders reports.
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Starting Friday
CCleveland Cavaliers
January 4, 2019
Nance will start at power forward Friday against the Jazz, Spencer Davies of BBallInsiders reports.
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