Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. suffering from mystery illness causing rapid weight loss: report

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. is reportedly dealing with a mysterious illness that has kept him tied to the bed and has caused rapid weight loss.

Nance has lost 20 pounds since contracting the illness on March 29, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported Wednesday. According to the newspaper, every test he’s received has come back negative, and it is not coronavirus.

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He was described as being “on the mend,” but whatever had been plaguing him was undetermined.

The 28-year-old first-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015 has played in 29 games for the Cavaliers this season. He also missed some time with a fractured hand.

Nance is averaging 10.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and nearly 2 steals per game. It is his third season with the Cavaliers, looking to make some strides with a young corps in 2020-21.

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The Cavaliers are 18-32 and rank toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The team has gotten solid performances from Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, and Isaac Okoro and added Jarrett Allen through an extensive trade earlier in the season.

But without Nance and a few other guys, the team hasn’t been able to be at full strength.

Nance is expected to miss Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder as well.

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