As the trade deadline approached, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson were traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. With that news, I knew right away that meant retiring the Larry Nance Jr. fan club. Admittedly, I didn’t get as many posts done for it as I would have liked, but it was a fun thing to start.
While I’m sad to see a player who brings as much energy to the court as Nance get traded, the decision made sense for the team. Not too long ago, we learned that he would be participating in the Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend. He won’t be doing so in a Lakers jersey, but let’s take a look back at some of his best dunks from this season so far.
There’s no doubt that his dunks will be what a lot of fans remember, but he was a good player coming off of the bench and he even moved into the starting rotation. The Lakers drafted him with the 27th overall pick in the 2015 draft. They’ve made some great selections with their late-first round and second round draft picks.
Nance was never going to be the key piece for the Lakers, but he knew what his role on the team was and he always brought energy to the team. The Lakers were bound to trade some of their younger players in order to make room for free agency and Nance made for a good trade piece because he’s a guy who other players want to play with.
Bummed to see Larry Nance Jr go. He was one of those guys you want around for years to come. Great dude. Great locker room guy. Cavs got a gem #Lakers
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) February 8, 2018
Larry Nance, Jr. is in the building saying goodbye to his teammates and the Lakers staff. He’ll certainly be missed on and off the court. Walton was glad he gets to go to Cleveland (Nance is from Ohio) on a team with a chance to compete for a title.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) February 8, 2018
With Larry Nance Jr. heading to Cleveland, he’ll now get to play for the same team that his dad did. He’ll be greeted by his dad’s jersey hanging in the rafters every time he plays a home game and you know that will mean a lot to him. Nance will surely be missed on and off the court in Los Angeles. We thank him for everything he’s done for the team and wish him the best of luck with the Cavs.