In the piece, published at Cleveland.com, Nance Jr. highlighted his wish to get to a more competitive situation and his collaboration with Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman in getting the deal done with the Blazers.
This trade was absolutely a collaboration. I had expressed my desire to win now to Koby and the front office if we could find a deal that helped everyone, and they certainly did that. Going to Portland is something that I am extremely excited about. This is a team that has seen the biggest stages and is hungry for more, and I’m thrilled that they believe I can help them climb higher. This opportunity is one that I’m very ready to take advantage of and I have the Cavs to thank for preparing me for it.
The Cavaliers dealt Larry Nance Jr. to the Blazers in a three team deal that involved Derrick Jones Jr. and a first round pick sent to the Chicago Bulls and Lauri Markkanen signed and traded to Cleveland.
Nance Jr. was born and raised in Ohio thanks to his father Larry Nance Sr’s six-year stint with the Cavaliers. He talked about his time with the team and his love for the city and its fans.
The Cleveland Cavaliers — an organization that while I’ve only played for 3½ years, I’ve been a part of for each and every one of my 28. From being in my Dad’s arms as a 2 year old as I watched his jersey get retired at Gund Arena, to TeePeeing Shaq’s house with my family to “Welcome him to the neighborhood” when he came to the Cavs in 2009, and even playing 1-on-1 games with current Cavs GM and friend Koby Altman to get in shape for my high school basketball season, this organization has been a part of every stage of my life.
Being born and raised here, I’ve always felt that Cleveland — and the people who live here — are so deserving of more. More love, more acknowledgement, more appreciation. While playing here I’ve tried to facilitate exactly that, and just because I’m moving on to a new team doesn’t mean that will stop, this will always be home for me.
You can take the kid out of Cleveland, but you can’t take Cleveland out of the kid.
You can read the full piece here.