Larry Nance Jr. takes jab at Tristan Thompson after his signing with Celtics

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In the wake of Tristan Thompson’s signing with the Boston Celtics, Thompson’s now-former teammate Larry Nance Jr. offered a goodbye while also taking a jab at Thompson’s jumping ability.

Nance, like his namesake father, Larry Sr., possesses outstanding leaping ability and has shown the ability to deliver some thundering dunks.

The 29-year-old Thompson’s departure from the Cavs ends his nine-year career with the team, which was largely focused on his ability in the paint and on defense.

The younger Nance and Thompson had played together since February 2018 and have been central parts of the Cavaliers’ efforts to rebuild following the departure of LeBron James that same year.

Prior to the signing, the Celtics had reportedly sought to move up in Wednesday’s draft. That effort apparently included trying to acquire the Cavaliers’ fifth overall pick.

Instead, the Celtics chose to sign Thompson to a two-year deal, with his rebounding ability helping complement a lineup that ended up reaching the Eastern Conference finals this past season.

For the younger Nance and the Cavaliers, they now have an additional hole to fill in their own lineup, though the prospect of Thompson departing was seen as almost likely.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.