Larry Nance Jr. might have been traded from Cleveland to Portland through the offseason, however he’s nonetheless keen to defend his former Cavaliers teammates.
Forward of the 2021-22 season, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix spoke with just a few scouts across the NBA to get their unfiltered opinions on each workforce within the league. One scout who evaluated the Cavaliers had some somewhat unkind issues to say about Collin Sexton, who averaged a career-high 24.3 factors and 4.4 assists per sport in 2020-21.
The scout’s ideas on Sexton and the Cavs, per Mannix:
I feel Collin Sexton is a backup and an a—gap. None of his teammates like him. I like [Darius] Garland. I truly like Garland. I feel he performs arduous. He places strain on you as a result of he can shoot, he can go, and he is a way more keen passer. He isn’t on the market attempting to f—ing get his stats and go dwelling in the identical method that Sexton is. I do not assume they will play these two small guards collectively and get a ton out of them. I assumed they have been heading in the right direction final yr till they traded for Jarrett Allen and principally advised [Andre] Drummond we’re not bringing you again, as a result of defensively they have been hanging round that prime 10 space … Evan Mobley to me looks like he is the actual deal when it comes to his expertise, his skillset. Once more, he is a rookie who floated some in school so we’ll see how that goes. Not a giant Jarrett Allen man. He is positive however nothing loopy. [Isaac] Okoro looks like he is acquired the potential to be a reasonably rattling good defender however I do not know the way way more than that.
These quotes shortly began circulating on social media and ultimately made their strategy to Nance, who performed alongside Sexton from 2018-2021. Nance clearly did not agree with the scout’s harsh evaluation.
“Whoever mentioned this can be a moron with zero data of something happening in Cleveland,” Nance tweeted. “I might disguise behind anonymity too if I used to be this unhealthy at my job.”
Whoever mentioned this can be a moron with zero data of something happening in Cleveland. I’d disguise behind anonymity too if I used to be this unhealthy at my job https://t.co/0QoeHnqrah
— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) October 15, 2021
Sexton has been a polarizing participant for the reason that Cavs chosen him with the No. 8 general decide within the 2018 NBA Draft. Early in his rookie season, Sexton reportedly left Cleveland’s veterans pissed off as a result of they felt he did not “know how to play” and did not appear all in favour of engaged on his weaknesses. He has posted spectacular numbers, however critics have questioned whether or not he truly contributes to profitable. He was additionally the subject of trade rumors as lately as this previous summer season.
Nonetheless, Cavaliers normal supervisor Koby Altman advised reporters through the workforce’s media day that the group and Sexton need to attain an settlement on a contract extension so as to maintain him in Cleveland.
“We’re definitely working along with his illustration to see that via, however that is somebody that is been with us for the reason that begin of this factor when it comes to the place we have been the final three years,” Altman said last month. “We love him. We wish him right here long-term. We’ll cope with that behind closed doorways, however the emotions are mutual when it comes to one thing long-term.”
The deadline for NBA groups to signal gamers to rookie-scale extensions is Monday at 6 p.m. ET.