Lonzo Ball is nearing his return.
Nance has his own motivations. He will now be playing for the same franchise as his father, whose No. 22 has been retired and hangs from the rafters. Cavs general manager Koby Altman said after the trade that Nance was “borderline in tears (of joy)” when he called to tell him he was coming to Cleveland. Nance laughed that off, saying, “I’m more of a man than that.”
The new guys had an impressive day against Boston, which is now only four games in the loss column ahead of the Cleveland for second in the conference. In all, they scored 49 points on 18-for-35 shooting and 8-for-15 shooting from the 3-point line, and they did not wilt under the pressure of playing in a national TV game in an amped-up TD Garden.
“Just to come out and get a win, that was the biggest thing, especially in this kind of atmosphere,” Hood said. “Get thrown in the fire a little bit, playing against a Boston team I am pretty sure we will see down the line. It was fun.”
Once the Clippers traded Blake Griffin to the Pistons, unloading his max contract with four years and $141 million remaining, they committed to putting themselves in play to make a run at some marquee free agents this coming July and following the 2018-19 season.
Not that the Clippers have ever been a destination for any big-name talent, but this is the plan, anyway. In two summers, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler will be unrestricted free agents, but don’t forget about a guy in the tier just below those stars — Klay Thompson.
According to Klay’s father, Mychal, he doesn’t see his son leaving the Warriors for the Clippers or any other team — not even if the team recruiting Stephen Curry’s backcourt mate comes after him with Cheap Bike Jerseys the promise of turning over their franchise to him, and not even with one of Thompson’s biggest Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys backers, Jerry West, working as an advisor for Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.
For three straight seasons, the Warriors have finished atop the Western Conference. In fact, the closest a team has finished to Golden State for first place during the three-year span is six games back.