Report: Miami Heat were ‘desperately’ trying to pry away Larry Nance Jr. from Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Miami Heat have been looking for a big man to help them out in the frontcourt.

It appears the Heat were eagerly attempting to lure stalwart Larry Nance Jr. from the Cleveland Cavaliers before the trade deadline.

“The Cleveland Cavaliers spent the last few months telling interested teams Larry Nance Jr. wasn’t available in a trade,” wrote Chris Fedor of “That didn’t stop the calls from coming. The first two post-deadline games spotlight why.”

“Why playoff contenders — New Orleans, Miami, Dallas, Boston and Philadelphia — were desperately trying to pry him away. Why the Cavs were determined to keep him, turning down at least one offer with multiple late first-round picks.”

Nance, 28, is arguably one of the most underrated players in the league.

The big man doesn’t get much national attention as his Cavaliers are one of the worst teams in the league. The Cavs hold a 17-29 record.

Nance is collecting 10.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game this season. He does a little bit of everything on the court, including being an absolute pest on the defensive side of the floor.

As a result, the Heat showed trade interest in the veteran. While the Heat weren’t able to acquire Nance at the deadline, they did make other key moves.

The Heat acquired two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo from the Houston Rockets and forward Nemanja Bjelica from the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.

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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.