NBA Rumors: Nance, Cavs, Trades, Lamb, Magic, Bertans

Cavaliers forward/center Larry Nance Jr. chases a loose ball against the Celtics.

Larry Nance Jr. is drawing interest from other teams as GM Koby Altman continues to parse around the trade market.

According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Nance is coveted by other teams in trade talks with the Cavaliers. Rival clubs are also eyeing the team’s 2022 first-round pick. While Cleveland has made some nice offseason additions, the team is still expected to be in the lottery yet again.

The Cavaliers continue to look for a wing who could join the rotation with Atlanta and Cleveland recently discussing a potential Cam Reddish deal. Although, it sounds like the franchise is unwilling to give up major assets as they look to complete their rotation.

Memphis’ Dillon Brooks and Kyle Anderson are also on the Cavs’ radar, Fedor adds. The Grizzlies have reportedly made the pair available in trade talks.

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  • Some around the league believe the Pacers will trade Jeremy Lamb, who is in the final year of his $10.5 million deal, before the end of the 2021-22 season, writes J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star. With Caris LeVert and No. 13 overall pick Chris Duarte in town, Lamb’s role on the team is uncertain and if the former UConn product can rehab his value, Indiana could move the wing before the trade deadline. Michael hears that four teams have already reached out to the Pacers about Lamb, including the Lakers and Hornets.

  • This summer didn’t feature many NBA clubs with cap space and next summer may not either. As Bobby Marks of ESPN.com notes, the Pistons, Spurs, and Magic are the only teams expected to have $30+ million in salary-cap space during the 2022 offseason. The cap is expected to rise to $119 million, though Marks factors that into his projections.

  • In the same piece, Marks notes that the Cavaliers could join that list if the team reaches a buyout with Kevin Love and they opt not to re-sign Collin Sexton, who is a restricted free agent next summer.

  • If the Wizards were to deal Davis Bertans now, they’d be selling low, according to John Hollinger of The Athletic. The scribes envision Bertans improving on his 2020-21 campaign where he dipped under 40% from three for the first time in two years.

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