Larry Nance Jr. agrees to 4-year, $44.8M extension with Cavaliers

According to Cleveland.com, "Nance and the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a four-year contract extension, solidifying him as a franchise building block while the organization attempts to rebuild a championship roster in the post-LeBron era".

As his soggy sandals squished across the carpeted floor inside the visitor's locker room at Scotiabank Arena, Love quipped about needing extra time to "wash all the ugliness away" before heading to the team bus and embarking on Cleveland's next challenge.

"Yes, I think only because people are expecting us not to make it", he says about the playoffs.

While technicals are often dealt out after players get into physical altercations or if they begin yelling obscenities at other players, fans or refs, Love was granted one for doing nothing else but yelling "come on!"

The Raptors hit the court for the second time this season after claiming a 116-104 win over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers as 12-point favorites Wednesday night.

The Raptors kept the Cavs at bay for the most part.

A defense that was one of the best in the National Basketball Association last season looked very different with Anthony and without Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute. "You're always going to jockey for position, momentum, anything that can motivate you, you want to use it at any point in the season, especially now".

He adds that apart from success in the wins column, success should be measured by building a winning culture shaped, in part, by the mentality ingrained in young talent like Larry Nance Jr., Sam Dekker and the four rookies now on the roster.

Truth be told, both teams are very much works in progress, which actually might add to the early-season intrigue.

We project Nance as the 78th best fantasy asset this year, and-if you haven't drafted-you can generally get him several rounds after that.

"We're a play-off team", he said. "I wish I could have stayed more because it's such a happy and carefree and joyous occasion being there at school".

"I'm actually at a loss for words right now", said Nance. The fourth-year pro is only 25 years old.

It's good to see the Cleveland Cavaliers' key pieces shouldering blame when things go south.

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