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Larry Sanders to work out for the Cavs

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have long been in the market for anything ranging from a backup point guard to a dynamic play maker, but if Tuesday night is any indication, fans could be looking at a new big man to join the fray. Larry Sanders, the former defensive juggernaut for the Milwaukee Bucks, is slated to take part in a workout with the defending champions, something that is being dubbed as a “due diligence” move by David Griffin and his staff.

According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, the workout involves no other players and consists of “testing and evaluating Sanders physically.” Sanders has not played in the league since an abrupt exit in 2015, dealing with an addiction to drugs as well as a bout of anxiety and depression. Once one of the best defensive big men in the entire NBA, Sanders averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds and nearly three blocks per game in his last full season. Now 28 years of age, it’s unclear as to what Sanders can bring to an NBA team, but rumors of his return to the league have been bubbling since the start of the preseason.

Trading Chris Andersen to Charlotte last week, the Cavaliers currently have an available roster spot that is expected to be filled by a free agent in the event a trade is not agreed upon prior to Thursday afternoon’s deadline. As ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported, Sanders has a history with former Bucks coaches Larry Drew and Jim Boylan, both of whom are assistants with the Cavaliers. If he were to pass the Cavs’ tests, Sanders would be expected to provide relief in a front court that has dealt with its fair share of injuries, including Andersen and the recent news surrounding power forward Kevin Love.

  • Hmmm…

  • RGB

    A little LBJ therapy should fix him right up.
    Right, JR?

  • tsm

    More potential to actually help than Birdman. I also enjoyed his t.v. show.

  • woofersus

    I know they’re probably just doing due diligence, but I actually think Sanders is somebody they should seriously consider if he’s in shape and able to play. Assuming for a moment that they clear a roster spot in a theoretical move for a backup PG and it’s not either/or with Sanders and D-Will, I think this is exactly the kind of flyer you take on an end-of-bench type player. If it turns awful you’ve only lost your 15th guy and you can look for a d-league guy or other unsigned veteran, but he’s got actual potential to be an asset in the right circumstances.

    The Cavs are baaaad at rim protection. Baaaaaad. What if they end up facing Houston in the finals and not GS? They’ll wish they had an interior shot blocker then.

    Any signing would wait until after the deadline, obviously, so they can have maximum flexibility for any moves. Also to feel out whether or not there’s a chance Bogut gets bought out.

  • Garry_Owen
  • Harv

    I know they’re only considering him for extremely limited minutes in a Break Glass in Case of Big Man Injury scenario.

    Still … while J.R still has tons of dangerously idle time? Less than a year after Shump’s bust? While forging the late-season edge needed to slice through the playoffs? Seems needlessly risky. The Celtics took a pass after working him out and they have less to lose. Maybe if he’s handcuffed to James Jones, Tony Curtis to Champ’s Sidney Poitier in “The Defiant Ones.”

  • Greg Popelka

    What questions do you all expect Griffin to ask?

    Also,

    What questions would YOU ask?

  • RGB

    Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?

  • chrisdottcomm

    “So LeBron, you want him or not?”

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