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.