Nance Jr., Cavs agree to four-year contract extension

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The Raps eased into the season with a mostly comfortable win over the LeBron-less Cleveland Cavaliers, but there will be no such luxury tonight with the Boston Celtics in town. On the season, Nance averaged career highs of 8.7 points on.581 shooting, 6.8 rebounds and 1.33 steals in 21.5 minutes per game over 66 games (26 starts).

Per insider Chris Haynes, big man Larry Nance Jr. has agreed to a four-year extension worth $45 million.

Nance's father played for the Cavaliers for seven of his 14 National Basketball Association seasons, fueling the son's excitement about the extension. Nance is getting paid.

"I think what'll happen is you'll throw a starting lineup out there and you'll win a game and [think], 'oh we don't wanna change the starting lineup", Nurse shared with TSN's Josh Lewenberg. And Koby Altman and the Cavs clearly see something they like in the rim-running power forward they acquired at the trade deadline from the Lakers. "But defensively for me is where I want to improve and stay on top of my game".

Lowry and Leonard combined for 18 points in the third quarter, and Lowry's three with 4:25 to play in the quarter gave the Raptors a 20-point lead, their biggest of the game.

James, a four-time MVP, averaged 27.5 points last season, so Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said he feels that he knows what is required.

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He said the Cavs ownership and management would love to make the playoffs to prove they could do it without LeBron James.

For obvious reasons, all eyes were on Kawhi Leonard as he made his Raptors regular season debut against the Cavaliers. But he's also aware of the value of setting the tone with a team the Raptors expect to be neck-and-neck with all season long.

To be playing meaningful games in February, March and early April, the Cavs will need not only a healthy Love, but a very productive Love.

In-game coaching decisions were one of the areas that the Raptors executives felt were lacking at times when Casey was on the job, with a litany of perceived ills coming to a head when Toronto was swept out of the playoffs by the Cavaliers for the second-straight time this past spring. I grew up in this building watching my dad play. "Everybody keeps saying that, and they're picked to go to the finals".

The 23-year-old will not only be asked to defend the opponent's best wing scorer, but to score, rebound and even direct the offense at times. One year later the two clutched in glee during the final buzzer of a thrilling Game 7 of the NBA Finals in Oakland - where Love played a pivotal role.