With the All-Star Game behind them and the stretch run drawing closer, the Celtics’ search for additional help has a new name added to the list, with Larry Nance Jr. emerging as a player of interest, according to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor.
“According to sources, Nance is the player the Cavs have received the most calls about,” Fedor wrote. “Sources say the Minnesota Timberwolves have been aggressively pursuing him since the offseason. Nance’s old teammate and buddy D’Angelo Russell is a strong Nance advocate. Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Miami and Dallas have also shown interest.”
Fedor did, of course, go on to note that the Cavaliers are telling teams that Nance Jr. isn’t available. Given his status as an Ohio native and son of Cavs legend Larry Nance, that’s almost to be expected. But it’s also possible that this is a leak of to help drive up the price on a potential bidding war for the 28-year-old forward.
Out of action for the last month plus due to a fractured left hand, Nance Jr. is (maybe) on the block with a 2020-21 season line that’s included a career-best 3.2 assists and 33:25 minutes per game, along with a 38.1 three-point percentage, in 19 games. The 6-foot-7 Nance Jr. is also averaging 9.3 points and 6.8 boards per night.
Nance Jr. is far from the only name of interest to the Celtics, with Danny Ainge’s front office also linked to the Pistons’ Jerami Grant, as well as Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic and Sacramento’s Nemanja Bjelica.
The Celtics entered the All-Star break on a four-game winning streak, and sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference behind their 19-17 record, and with the NBA trade deadline set for Mar. 25.