Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
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Larry Nance Jr extends NBA contract with Cleveland Cavaliers

Larry Nance Jr extends NBA contract with Cleveland Cavaliers

Yet James' former team-mates are adamant that they can step up to fill the void.

Cedi Osman, Kevin Love, Thompson, Rodney Hood and George Hill are the possible starters for Cleveland.

"We have first-and second-year guys who have to make an impact, and then veteran guys who have play-off experience". "We're going to have to go after every loose ball that we can, we're going to have to be the team that dives on the floor". "There is some sacrifice, unselfishness and some real team things coming into play here to try to get it work".

With that in mind, James organized a poolside meeting at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont hotel in the summer of 2015, where he reassured Love of his importance to the team.

He has, after all, brought Cleveland its first sports title in 52 years, took them to the Finals for four straight seasons and built a school for special-needs youth. After almost an entire quarter, Toronto found themselves trailing to a Cleveland Cavaliers team, that despite making the National Basketball Association finals past year, figures to be a fringe National Basketball Association playoff team at best.

After a series of roster changes in the off-season, the Cavaliers face different expectations this year.

Cleveland and the 25-year-old forward have agreed to a four-year extension, the team announced Monday.

When the lights went down and the introduction video for the 2018-19 Toronto Raptors began, the message was clear: Kawhi Leonard is a Raptor now and, for as long as he'll have it, this is his team.

"You never want to lose a player of his calibre, but that being said we're all very excited to show that we're more than what we've got to show the past couple of years", Nance Jr told BBC Sport.

"Obviously, losing LeBron, you know what is going to happen with that". User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

The Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers have become familiar foes in the Eastern Conference, in the regular season and the playoffs.

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