Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr. to miss 2 weeks with sprained MCL
Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. has a sprained MCL in his right knee and could miss around two weeks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Nance Jr. suffered the injury on Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers and was seen limping in the postgame locker room.
Cleveland's Larry Nance has a sprained MCL an MRI revealed today, league source tells ESPN. He could miss two weeks, source said.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 10, 2019
In 39 games this season for the Cavs, Larry Nance Jr. is averaging 8.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. The high-flyer is shooting 52.9 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free-throw line.
The Cavs are 8-34 on the season, 15th place in the Eastern Conference standings. Cleveland is on pace to be a lottery team, which might not be a bad thing since Zion Williamson will likely declare for the 2019 NBA draft.
Cleveland acquired Larry Nance Jr. last season at the trade deadline from the Los Angeles Lakers. The 26-year-old signed a four-year, $44.8 million rookie contract extension with the franchise in October.
In a rebuild season, the development of Nance Jr. and rookie point guard Collin Sexton is important, but so is the long-term health of Nance Jr.
The Cavs’ frontcourt will still feature veteran center Tristan Thompson and the team will likely play Ante Zizic more minutes until Nance Jr. returns.