Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. tweeted about his team’s roster full of big men following the James Harden blockbuster deal.
James Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a deal that was surprisingly great for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs got both Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince from Brooklyn in exchange for a few draft picks in what ended up being a four-team deal.
Cleveland adding Allen is a huge move, no pun intended, as it gives them a big man to build around as a foundational piece. In the present, he joins a roster that already includes Andre Drummond, Larry Nance Jr., JaVale McGee, and Kevin Love.
Fans have seen the team roll out a lineup of nearly all big men and Nance chimed in Wednesday afternoon with a joke about his team’s new roster.
Cavs bringing back the big man
That tweet may be severely out of context for many fans. The term “Sexland” refers to the guard duo of Darius Garland and Collin Sexton. They are both recent first-round picks and are expected to be core pieces for years to come. Thus, the Cavs need to build around Sexland.
Acquiring Allen was a huge move because he will be restricted free agent this offseason. That means the Cavs can match any offer he receives and keep him as part of the young core that has been constructed since LeBron James left for the second time.
The focus now goes to who gets traded next. With Allen in, both Drummond and McGee look like obvious trade targets. Both are on expiring deals and have looked rejuvenated so far in 2021. Trading one, or both, helps the Cavs continue to build and take advantage of those expiring contracts if there is no mutual long-term interest on both sides.
Part of the rebuilding process is acquiring a ton of talent and seeing who rises to the top. Adding Allen and Prince gives the Cavaliers two legitimate starting-caliber players and shows the front office is interested in winning soon and not going on an unending rebuild.
Nance is also a key part of the team’s immediate future success and has embraced his role as a veteran back in his hometown. Hopefully, the Cavs can be good again soon and the Sexland craze can sweep the nation. Plenty will be confused, but that is all part of the fun.