Nance Jr., Cavaliers closing in on long-term deal

Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. is hoping to replace the injured Tristan Thompson with some scrappy interior play of his own.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — The Cavaliers are continuing talks on a contract extension with power forward Larry Nance Jr. and both sides are confident a long-term deal will get done, according to The Associated Press.

The Cavs and Nance have been holding extension talks for most of the offseason. Nance Jr. was acquired in a February trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, along with guard Jordan Clarkson.

The son of Cavs legend Larry Nance, the younger Nance is now the lone Akron native on the team following the departure of LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Nance Jr. averaged 8.9 points and 7.0 rebounds in 24 games with the Cavs last season, his third in the league. He is also the team’s one true rim-protector and resident high-flyer.

He is due to make $2.3 million this season, and has a qualifying offer for about $3.4 million in 2019-20. It appears those numbers will increase soon.

The Cavs tipped off training camp Tuesday, with their annual team scrimmage scheduled for Sunday in Dayton.