Larry Sanders’ latest go at an NBA comeback is leading him to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Though the 6’11” big man hasn’t played in a game since December 2014, he’s had something of a workout tour over the last few weeks. His next stop is Cleveland, which is his preferred destination, according to Amico Hoops’ Sam Amico:
The Cavaliers have been talking with the agent for free agent center Larry Sanders, league sources told Amico Hoops early Wednesday.
Sanders is 6-foot-11 and last played with Milwaukee during the 2014-15 season. He is represented by Joel Bell.
Sources said there is no deal yet between the Cavs and Sanders, but Sanders has made it known he would prefer to play for the Cavs over the other teams showing interest. More than 15 teams have explored signing Sanders so far this season, sources said.
Sanders does have a workout scheduled with the Cavaliers, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes, who could use an additional big with the injuries to Kevin Love and Chris Andersen (who was also traded). Though they have two extra roster spots at the moment, Derrick Williams is considered a lock to stick with them for the rest of the season, increasing their holds to 15 players, one below the league maximum.
Most expect that slot to be used on another playmaker, so it could be a bit before the Cavaliers make any decisions on Sanders—assuming his workout goes well. They have very few trade assets to dangle in talks for said playmaker, but their handful of exceptions and minimum-level contracts might be enough to snag them a Shelvin Mack-type talent. They could also decide to let the buyout market unfold after the trade deadline, in which case they’ll have to open up another roster spot to welcome in Sanders.
Which is to say, this Sanders situation, like the Cavaliers’ roster situation in general, remains very fluid.