Cavs agree with Nance on 4-year extension

Cavs agree with Nance on 4-year extension

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. Kevin Love's deal is structured in similar way.

Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. reportedly have finalized a four-year contract extension.

The last time James departed, after the 2009-10 season, Cleveland finished 19-63 the following year and suffered a 26-game losing streak that extended to dropping 36 out of 37 games. Leonard said. "Get in a rhythm, understanding what your schedule is, what you have ahead of you, and basketball starts coming easy". 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.

"And it took a little while for him to get going, but by Larry's senior year he leads them to the NCAA tournament".

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I ran around, jumped, blocked a couple shots (Tuesday) so I feel good doing everything.

"We're a playoff team", he said. The second-round sweep last spring was the final straw for team president Masai Ujiri, who fired coach Dwane Casey and then unceremoniously jettisoned DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl to the Spurs for Leonard and Danny Green.

Kawhi Leonard helped the Toronto Raptors extend their success in season-opening games. Nurse said. "Everybody keeps saying that, and they're picked to go to the finals and all that kind of stuff, and we hope we're in that race with 'em".

Nurse said he feels that the Cavaliers could be unsafe even without James, whose brilliance was a major barrier to the Raptors progressing deeper into the postseason in recent years.

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And with just three NBA-standard exhibition games under his belt as a head coach at this level, the guy who used to pore over NBA VHS tapes sent to him when he was coaching in England and draw up plays on pizza boxes over beers with his buddies after coaching clinics hasn't been able to implement his full menu.

"I wanted this to be a building year and still be competitive".

The Raptors are getting one of the top players in the league in Leonard, but he hardly played last season because of a quadriceps injury. In his first start with the Cavs on March 5, Nance set career highs in points, rebounds and field goals made, finishing with 22 points on 9-15 (.600) shooting and 15 rebounds in 32 minutes versus Detroit.

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.

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