Brother of new Cavs addition Larry Nance Jr. excited to have him back in Northeast Ohio

Posted at 5:32 PM, Feb 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-08 17:32:56-05

Some fan favorites are leaving the Cavs roster after the trades Thursday, but one hometown player is on his way back, and his name might sound a bit familiar. 

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Larry Nance Jr. is being traded from the Lakers to the Cavs — the same team his father, Larry Nance Sr., retired from back in the 90s. So did his #22 jersey. 

Now Nance Jr., a 6-foot 9-inch power forward, is not only coming back home to join the Cleveland Cavaliers but also his family who still lives in the area.

His younger brother Pete is a senior at Revere High School—the same spot Nance Jr. dominated the hardwood.

And, of course, at 6-foot 10-inches, Pete is also destined to be a basketball legend. He says he can’t wait for his brother to return. 

"He’s really an inspiration to me cause he plays super hard every game, every possession, just every time I watch him he’s just giving it his all not the court and I try to model my game after him in that way," he said. 

Nance Jr.'s coach also said Thursday he thinks his former player can do so much more on the Cavs than he did on the Lakers. He said his basketball IQ is extremely high and, with the Cavs, he'll be able to run the floor well and make all the guys around him better.