Nance (thumb) was officially ruled out for the remainder of the season after the Cavaliers signed Anderson Varejao to a 10-day contract Tuesday, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Since Varejao is joining the roster on a hardship exception, the Cavaliers would have to rule out four players for the remainder of the season to satisfy the league's conditions and open up an extra spot. Cleveland had already shut down Taurean Prince (ankle) and Dylan Windler (knee), and now Nance and Matthew Dellavedova (neck) will also be sidelined for the final two weeks of the season. Nance, who is recovering from a fractured right thumb, should be back to full health well in advance of the 2021-22 season.
The Cavaliers are expected to shut down Nance for the remainder of the season after he fractured his right thumb in Sunday's 119-110 loss to the Wizards, ESPN.com reports. When the Cavaliers announced Nance's injury, the team didn't formally rule out the forward beyond Monday's loss to the Raptors, instead relaying that he would be re-evaluated on a daily basis while undergoing a series of treatments and rehabilitation. This latest report offers a more definitive plan for Nance, who will likely face a multiweek recovery even if he elects to forgo surgery. Given that the 21-40 Cavaliers are a long shot to secure a spot in the play-in tournament for the final two seed positions in the Eastern Conference postseason, there's little incentive to have Nance play through the injury over the final three weeks of the regular season. Assuming that plan doesn't change, Nance will finish his sixth NBA campaign with averages of 9.3 points (on 47.1 percent shooting from the field), 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 three-pointers in 31.2 minutes per game over 35 appearances.
Nance sustained a fractured right thumb during Sunday night's loss to Washington and will not play Monday against Toronto. In an official release, the Cavs said Nance will "undergo a series of treatment and rehabilitation" while noting that he will be re-evaluated on a daily basis. The implication is that Nance doesn't have a firm timetable, but given the severity of the injury, it's likely that he'll miss several games down the stretch. The reserve big man averaged 5.8 points, 5.0 boards and 1.5 steals over his last six games since returning from an illness.
Nance (personal) had 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 121-105 victory over the Bulls. Nance was back on the court for the Cavaliers after missing the previous game due to personal reasons. He played only 22 minutes in the victory, although garbage time may have been a factor here. He is not yet back to full speed after a lengthy layoff due to illness, making him a risky addition in competitive leagues. That said, his upside in steals alone makes him worth a look, especially for streaming purposes.
Nance (personal) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Wednesday's game against the Bulls. A personal matter kept Nance out of Monday's loss in Detroit, but his absence from the report implies that he's rejoined the team and will be available Wednesday night. In three games since returning from an illness that cost him seven contests, Nance averaged only 5.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals in 23.7 minutes.
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