Trading Larry Nance
Teams are lining up to trade for Larry Nance, but too bad no one is actually taking it seriously. Reports came out recently that no one in the league is negotiating with the Cavaliers in good faith. So while we don’t want to see Nance get traded, it’s hard to sit here and worry about the team trading Nance under those circumstances. Sure, GM Koby Altman has made some brain-dead trades before, but there’s no way Altman can trade away the son of a franchise legend, one of the best defenders and most versatile players in the NBA, and accept getting lowballed. Not if he expects to keep his job and certainly not with Altman’s track record of second-round picks.
While not formally stated by fortyeightminutes.com, it seems that the Hawks are asking for Nance and the Cavs first-round pick in 2022 in any trade involving Cam Reddish, the soon-to-be third-year-underperforming wing. Now, some people want to say that Reddish just needs time, but we’ve seen time and time again that a player who starts this bad in his career rarely ever rebounds.
It can happen, sure, but it can happen elsewhere. It doesn’t need to be in Cleveland. Trading away Nance should be a non-starter for any serious team, but at the very least, trading Nance should cause one to make sure they get a first-round pick back for him. Nothing less and certainly not Reddish.