LeBron James: 8 offseason moves Cavs must consider if LeBron leaves

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4. Extend Nance

Larry Nance Jr. can play, and he’d be an important piece of the future, especially if the Cavs are able to get something for Tristan Thompson on the trade market.

Nance is entering the final year of his rookie contract, so the Cavs can begin negotiations on an extension beginning July 1.

According to Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon, there is mutual interest in keeping Nance in Cleveland.

"“The Cavs have expressed to Nance that they view him as a foundational piece, sources said,” Vardon wrote."

Nance has improved every year since being drafted out of Wyoming. He’s averaged 8.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest last season.

Nance, 25, is a physical player capable of handling the dirty work.

It’s still a little surprising the Lakers parted with him. Magic Johnson went on record before last season talking up Nance’s name, and it’s not like he disappointed.

But when dealing with Cleveland before the trade deadline, LA needed to clear cap space, and they did  by ridding themselves of Jordan Clarkson. It cost them Nance, though, too.